Museum Organization and Management
Teaching Staff: Micheli Anna
Course Code: MUS442
Course Category: Specific Background
Course Type: Compulsory
Course Level: Undergraduate
Course Language: Greek
Delivery method: Face to face
Total Hours: 3
E Class Page: https://opencourses.ionio.gr/modules/auth/opencourses.php?fc=26
The course deals with fundamental principles of museum management but at the same time focuses on the museum challenges recognizing the impact of socio-economic and technological change on the museum environment and role. The course puts emphasis on the following thematic areas: museum governance models, museum strategic management, long and short – term museum planning, organizational models and modern museum organizational charts, management of economic resources and budgeting, human resources management, governance types and the role of museum committees.
Upon successful completion of the course, the students will be able to:
- Understand the role of museum management and the basic types of museum governance.
- Understand the museum and cultural policy-making environment at national, European and international level.
- Understand the role and define cultural and creative products within the context of Information Economy and Society.
- Understand National, European and international quality accreditation policies and standards for museums.
- Constructively participate in the development of museum foundation statements (aim, vision, values).
- Understand the content of modern museum organizational structure - museum organization chart.
- Understand the design and development of museum marketing and communication strategies.
- Manage "Visitor Programs"
- Personnel Management in museums (volunteer programs, management of museum members etc.)
- Understand the importance of managing donation and sponsorship programs.
Week #1: Course content overview and clarifications for student assessment and evaluation
Week #2: The role of Museum Management
Week #3: Museum Governance Models - Museum foundation Statements and Documents
Week #4: Museum Management Environment: policy-making institutions and legislation at National, European and international level.
Week #5: The museum organizational structure: Museum Council.
Week #6: The museum organizational structure: Organizational chart – job description
Week #7: The museum organizational structure: Museum staff and the role of volunteers
Week #8: Museum Communication and Marketing Strategies
Week #9: Visitors’ Programs management
Week #10: Innovative services and technologies to enhance visitors’ museum experience
Week #11: Design and Management of Museum facilities
Week #12: Economic Management - Budgeting Process
Week #13: The Changing Environment of the Museum Management – Course Summary
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- Lord, B., & Piacente, M. (Eds.). (2014). Manual of museum exhibitions. Rowman & Littlefield.
- Lord, G. D., & Lord, B. (2009). The manual of museum management. Rowman Altamira.
- Roberts, A. (2013). The changing role of information professionals in museums. In Museums in a Digital Age (pp. 37-42). Routledge.
- Scott, C. A. (Ed.). (2016). Museums and public value: creating sustainable futures. Routledge.
- Scrofani, L., & Ruggiero, L. (2013). “Museum networks in the Mediterranean area: Real and virtual opportunities”. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 14(3), S75-S79.
The course includes lectures and workshops. Within the course modern teaching tools and techniques are employed – an asynchronous platform with coursework material, continuous assessment, creation of working groups, etc. is utilized. Furthermore, a number of hourly lectures with invited speakers on subjects related to the course are organized.
Compulsory Exams as well as provisional coursework tasks are available to students (the tasks and essays always announced at the beginning of the semester). A Lesson Planning Guide is provided for the course.