"Emphasizing the intrapreneurial and analytical capacity, innovation and mobility of art organizations, all while honoring their diversity and basic values, Varbanova underlines the meaning of a strategic (collaborative) approach to management in a field that, still today, is quite dependent on its leaders’ values and 'rules'. The book is an excellent methodological tool for teaching, exposing theoretical concepts combined with case studies, examples and concrete practical tips." - Dr Milena Dragićević Šešić, prof. UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management University of Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
"This is an insightful introduction to strategic management in the arts and culture. It challenges students and art managers, researchers and decision makers to apply elements of strategic management in the art world - well conceptualized, and inclusive of concrete examples and pragmatic suggestions. The author makes a good point in emphasizing that skills are a necessary component in strategic arts management. A crystal clear guide to arts management!" - Professor Anita Kangas, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
"Strategic Management in the Arts is a one-stop, comprehensive overview of the management structures and strategies needed by organizations in the art and culture sectors. Lidia Varbanova knows her management theory inside out, but the real strengths of this book lie in the range of cases explored here. Lidia has an insider's view of the cultural sector, from large arts organizations through tiny music companies, and this background makes her book highly useful for others looking to work in the same field. Varbanova reaches across history and around the world for her examples, giving us what will certainly be the standard textbook on cultural sector management for many years to come." - Dr. Will Straw, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
About the Author
Lidia Varbanova has over 20 years of professional experience as a consultant, researcher and visiting professor in more than 50 countries. She provides professional services for government authorities, foundations, businesses, nonprofit organizations and networks in Canada and abroad. Her portfolio covers subjects as diverse as strategy, entrepreneurship, management, organisational development and change, application of online technologies in the management practice, sustainable development, with a special emphasis on (but not limited to) culture, arts, creative industries and the nonprofit sector. Lidia Varbanova is a faculty member of the Department of Management at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Canada.