- Macquarie University looks to the arts to diversify their MBA offering
Business and arts, arts and business. From my experience working with artists I can attest that pretty much the only time business is dropped into conversation it goes a little bit like this: ‘I don’t really know about the business side, I just want to concentrate on my practice’. Arts organisations however have to be business savvy in order to find ways of serving their communities in conditions that don’t always favour the value that arts and creative industries brings to our society. Arts organisations work within the cross section of many tensions: between new ideas or social trends and popular culture; working with with diverse communities and traditional arts going audiences; political or government changes and the ability to access reliable funding streams. Arising from these tensions is creative thinking, innovation, and new ways of working to ensure the sustainability of the organisation.
While the arts can certainly learn from business, business can also learn from the unique perspective arts administrators and managers can offer in terms of innovation and creative, collaborative thinking. Macquarie Graduate School of Management has recongnised this, and appointed Kim Mckay, the CEO of Australian Museum, as an Honorary Adjunct Professor for their MBA program.
Madeleine Dore, ArtsHub’s Deputy Editor covers this story in ArtsHub.
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