Organizing Artistic Activities in a Recurrent Manner: (On the Nature of) Entrepreneurship in the Performing Arts

16 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2018

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Michela Bergamini

KU Leuven, Students

Ward Van de Velde

KU Leuven

Bart Van Looy

KU Leuven

Klaasjan Visscher

University of Twente - Department of Technology and Management

Date Written: September 2018

Abstract

A majority of performing arts organizations active in classical music, theatre, and contemporary dance rely on funding from “third parties” in order to organize productions in a recurrent manner. We adopt an entrepreneurial perspective to inform the debate on the economic of performing arts organizations: Is it a “deficit” in entrepreneurial orientation that condemns these organizations to financial dependence? Relying on a comparative case study design ( = 12), we distill a process model of performing arts entrepreneurship (PAE), which we compare with insights on innovative entrepreneurship. Our findings reveal that it is neither a lack of entrepreneurial dynamics nor the presence of opposing logics that creates dependence on multiple revenue streams. The introduction of a second revenue stream follows from adhering to artistic distinctiveness. Implications for practice and theory are elaborated.

Suggested Citation

Bergamini, Michela and Van de Velde, Ward and Looy, Bart Van and Visscher, Klaasjan, Organizing Artistic Activities in a Recurrent Manner: (On the Nature of) Entrepreneurship in the Performing Arts (September 2018). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 27, Issue 3, pp. 319-334, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3244698 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/caim.12240

Michela Bergamini (Contact Author)

KU Leuven, Students ( email )

Belgium

Ward Van de Velde

KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

Bart Van Looy

KU Leuven

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Klaasjan Visscher

University of Twente - Department of Technology and Management ( email )

NL-7500 AE Enschede
Netherlands

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