Leaders in the arts: challenges and constraints

Conference – Bocconi University, November 26th, 2016

Management e leadership are two of the most important sides of every organisation. In order to conduct and inspire collaborators, a careful mix of the two has to be carried out to every organisational level (team, function, company as a whole). This is also true for artistic institutions. How different is to conduct an orchestra from managing a consulting team? Is museum management radically different from managing an services firm?

Beginning from a reflection over leadership exercise within museum and theatres management, we tried to draw a synthetic but accurate scheme of the “leader-manager” in cultural institutions. Through the help of special guests and the experience of professor Alex Turrini, we analysed differences and similarities between the private sector and cultural institutions’ world.

Our guests:

  • James Bradburne, executive director, Pinacoteca di Brera;
  • Ruben Jais, executive and artistic director, Coro e Orchestra Sinfonica Giuseppe Verdi, Milano;

Professor Alex Turrini, dean of the Master of Science in Economics and Management in Arts, Culture, Media and Entertainment, moderated the meeting.

A special thank to our media partners Tra i LeoniRadio Bocconi and Bocconi TV. A warm thanks to Università Bocconi for its contribution.

Graphic credits to Luca Tognolo – Visual Traveler

“The only way to make a museum run is a rich public-private collaboration.”

James Bradburne
James BradburneExecutive director, Pinacoteca di Brera

“Everyone’s actions are crucial for the whole system.”

Ruben Jais
Ruben JaisArtistic and executive director, Fondazione La Verdi