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Breaking new ground - Intrapreneurs in Swedish Cultural Institutions

Journal article
Authors Staffan Albinsson
Published in Nordisk kulturpolitisk tidsskrift
Volume 2019
Issue 2
ISSN 1403-3216
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Economy and Society
Language en
Keywords cultural entrepreneurship, artistic innovation, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial orientation
Subject categories Economics and Business

Abstract

In this study, ten intrapreneurs from Swedish Cultural Institutions have been interviewed. They are cultural entrepreneurs, rather than ‘civil servants’ or ‘officials’, in heart, spirit and action. Who are they? Why did they succeed? Their individual success stories are presented. Some have created new activities while maintaining their organisations reformed, but intact. One reshaped her institution to a fundamentally new position where what was produced was far from what had been the case when she was first employed. The respondents’ assessments regarding the accuracy of ten statements regarding the cultural entrepreneur’s mind-set are discussed. The ‘quadruple-bottom-line of cultural entrepreneurship’ is used as an analysis method, including: (1) economic prosperity, (2) artistic innovation, (3) social change, and (4) institutional development. Furthermore, how the ten intrapreneurs have influenced Swedish Cultural Policy Acts is also discussed.

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