Assessing the role of collaboration in the process of museum innovation

Abstract

The relationship between collaboration and innovation in cultural organisations is an emerging topic that has attracted particular attention from academics and practitioners. The main objective of this study is to assess the role of collaboration in the innovation process in museum organisations. To achieve this goal, we first develop a four-domain analytical framework, matching types of innovation with processes of cultural production to reflect the peculiarities of innovation in museums. Applying this framework to multiple case studies of four Spanish museums, we identify three main motivations (complementing labour, compensating for knowledge shortages, enhancing demand-driven innovation) and four forms of collaboration (teamwork, subcontracting, consortium and conversation) and summarise the different modes of collaboration involved in various domains of production and innovation. This is followed by an assessment of the effectiveness of existing collaborations in achieving technological and cultural innovation in museums. Finally, a list of implications for innovation management in museums is presented.

Journal Article Data de publicació 2019