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The quest for public value in the Swedish museum transition
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Accounting.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Accounting.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School, Accounting.
2014 (English)In: Public value management, measurement and reporting / [ed] James Guthrie, Giuseppe Marcon, Salvatore Russo, Sampson Lee Blair, Jennifer Higgins, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014, 105-128 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Purpose — The aim of this paper is to investigate the nature of public value in the context of Swedish public museum management and how it is created.

Methodology/approach —The museum context is introduced, and assumptions and principles underpinning new public management (NPM) and public value management, along with examples of applicability and implementation in museums, are presented. Three key issues of convergence and divergence within the theoretical framework — strategic orientation, accountability and performance — are identified and introduced as a gateway to the empirical findings and the ensuing discussion.

Findings —NPM-oriented values have become part of the strategic orientation of the museum sector. The results of this study show that there exist at least three conceptions of museum management that are based on two different strategic orientations, that is, accessibility and conservation, which also point to different conceptions of value.

Social implications — Museum management can be seen as the management of tensions between conservation and accessibility and between customer orientation and stakeholder orientation towards the creation of museum value.

Originality/value of paper — The findings will assist museum management determine not only what value is but also for whom it is valuable, taking into account both present and future generations. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2014. 105-128 p.
, Studies in Public and Non-Profit Governance, ISSN 2051-6630 ; 3
Keyword [en]
Museum, Sweden, public value management, new public management
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104368DOI: 10.1108/S2051-663020140000003005ISI: 000358719100006ISBN: 978-1-78441-010-0ISBN: 978-1-78441-011-7OAI: diva2:723117
Available from: 2014-06-10 Created: 2014-06-10 Last updated: 2015-10-05Bibliographically approved

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