Museum and Theatre Networks in Italy: Determinants and Typology

30 Pages Posted: 27 May 2003

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Silvia Bagdadli

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology; SDA Bocconi

Date Written: February 2003

Abstract

This study is about cooperation among cultural organizations and specifically among Italian museums and theatres. Thanks to a research carried out through multiple case studies, we defined a typology of cultural networks, comparing museum and theatrical networks. In order to define a typology we refer to different organisational variables, including: coordination mechanisms, size, centralisation and density. Then we studied the determinants of cultural networks and again we compared museum and theatrical networks. In order to understand the determinants we tested three different theories or explanations: 1) efficiency; 2) process theory and institutional theory and 3) resource complementarity. Results showed two very different forms of networks. The first one, defined as vertical network, centralised, formalised, scarcely connected, often motivated by surviving needs of each individual organisation and allowing members to obtain cost advantages and this is in effect the main reason for aggregation. The second one, the horizontal network, diffused only among theatres, motivated by the possibility of improving the system's quality and of innovating and exchanging resources.

Keywords: networks, cultural organizations, museums, theatres, determinants, typology

JEL Classification: M19, Z11.

Suggested Citation

Bagdadli, Silvia, Museum and Theatre Networks in Italy: Determinants and Typology (February 2003). SDA Bocconi Research Division Working Paper No. 03-86. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=384400 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.384400

Silvia Bagdadli (Contact Author)

Bocconi University - Department of Management and Technology

Via Roentgen 1
Milan, MI 20136
Italy

SDA Bocconi ( email )

Via Bocconi 8
Milan, Milan 20136
Italy

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