Managing Cultural Heritage in China: A View from the Outside

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Luca Zan

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Sara Bonini Baraldi

University of Bologna - Department of Management

Date Written: February 28, 2011

Abstract

The paper investigates change processes regarding the managerial aspects of organizing Cultural Heritage activities in China. The focus is not on the historical and artistic meanings of archeological discoveries in themselves; nor on the technical, scientific, and methodological repercussions of conservation and restoration; nor finally on the evolution of museology per se. Rather, the core of the analysis is on new managerial problems along the “archaeological chain” (archeological discoveries, restoration, museum definition and public access to cultural heritage) posed by new professional discourse and the overall evolution of the economic and political context. The paper is based on field research carried out in Luoyang, Henan province. The micro view adopted (managing practices more than policies), and the unusual access to data (including financial figures on individual entities) represent a unique opportunity for a sort of “journey” inside the Chinese public sector.

Keywords: archaeological chain, heritage management, China

JEL Classification: Z10

Suggested Citation

Zan, Luca and Bonini Baraldi, Sara, Managing Cultural Heritage in China: A View from the Outside (February 28, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1772565 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1772565

Luca Zan

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Via Capo di Lucca 34
Bologna, 40126
Italy

Sara Bonini Baraldi (Contact Author)

University of Bologna - Department of Management ( email )

Piazza Scaravilli 1
Bologna, Bologna 40126
ITALY

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