Consistent with the increasing managerialization of the Italian museum sector, in 1999 the National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST) was transformed into a private foundation. In 2001 the museum hired a director with managerial experience who adopted a market-oriented strategy. Recent findings in new institutional theory, the framework on which this study is based, show that organizational leaders can play a critical role in the pattern of adopting institutional changes/practices. Nevertheless, the conditions under which a museum director is able to adopt institutional changes/practices are still unclear and the effects of change on organizational, social and technical performance remain under-explored. The NMST is an ideal case for investigating these issues because of its recent transformation. This study found that the relationship among the director’s background, the adopted strategy and institutional pressures created the conditions for adopting institutional changes/practices, with positive effects on both social and technical performance.

"Istitutional change in italian museums: does the museum director have a role to play?"

BAGDADLI, SILVIA;
2006

Abstract

Consistent with the increasing managerialization of the Italian museum sector, in 1999 the National Museum of Science and Technology (NMST) was transformed into a private foundation. In 2001 the museum hired a director with managerial experience who adopted a market-oriented strategy. Recent findings in new institutional theory, the framework on which this study is based, show that organizational leaders can play a critical role in the pattern of adopting institutional changes/practices. Nevertheless, the conditions under which a museum director is able to adopt institutional changes/practices are still unclear and the effects of change on organizational, social and technical performance remain under-explored. The NMST is an ideal case for investigating these issues because of its recent transformation. This study found that the relationship among the director’s background, the adopted strategy and institutional pressures created the conditions for adopting institutional changes/practices, with positive effects on both social and technical performance.
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