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Sing it out loud! - entrepreneurship in SME operas in Scandinavia

Journal article
Authors Staffan Albinsson
Published in International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business
ISSN 1476-1297
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economy and Society, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE)
Language en
Links www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral...
Keywords cultural entrepreneurship; opera; entrepreneurship in Scandinavia; entrepreneurship in SMEs; performing arts administration; cultural economics
Subject categories Business Administration, Musicology, Economic History


The purpose of this study is to contribute new knowledge on the entrepreneurial facets of opera production based on an in-depth study of a dozen SME enterprises. Interviews have been conducted with a semi-structured set of questions. As the studied companies are SMEs, the majority of the respondents are both their initiators, their artistic directors and their general managers – in short their entrepreneurs. The analysis shows that opera entrepreneurs do, fundamentally, follow normal entrepreneurial processes in their endeavours. However, along the path of that process there is a wide variety of choices made which influence the outcome, mainly regarding the choice of repertoire and its subsequent staging. For a few, there was some entrepreneurship or project management tuition in prior education. For most, the necessary skills have been acquired through trial-and-error experiences. The study includes an attempt at an ‘Observed Quality’ score and a Value-for-Money assessment.

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