Shared Leadership at Finnish Classical Music Festivals

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Title: Shared Leadership at Finnish Classical Music Festivals
Author: Leppänen, Mikko
Contributor: Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemia, Musiikkikasvatuksen, jazzin ja kansanmusiikin osasto, Taidehallinto
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Abstract: Most of the classical music festivals in Finland are led by a duo of leaders formed by an artistic director and a production director. Following the shared leadership model, leaders are responsible for their own functions, yet they act equally as the top directors of the organization. The model is widely used in arts organizations all over the world. This thesis examines, how the artistic directors of Finnish classical music festivals share the leadership role and collaborate with festival producers. There are both significant benefits and conflict causing factors involved in shared leadership. The shared leadership model has a critical impact on the strategic decision making in festival organizations, because the influence of strategic decisions has to be evaluated from both artistic and managerial point of view. The qualitative research data was collected from four in-depth semi-structured interviews with artistic directors of classical music festivals in Finland. The data was analyzed using thematic content analysis as the analysis method. The results gained from this study support the conclusion, that overall classical music festival management in Finland is satisfactory from the artistic directors' perspective. The shared leadership model works in practice as artistic directors and producers work together to achieve the best possible outcome for their festivals. The results present the important qualifications that artistic directors expect from classical music festival producers in Finland. The relevance of this thesis to festival management is for twofold: first of all, it provides a better understanding of the aspects that shape the shared leadership model in the Finnish classical music festival field and hence contribute to building more collaborative relationships between artistic directors and producers. Secondly, it asserts general factors and concepts that affect the whole festival organization and contribute to its overall success.
URI: URN:NBN:fi-fe2018050923740
Date: 2018
Subject (ysa): johtajuus
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