Sub-theme 13: (SWG) Creative Industries Revamped: Trespassing and Crosspollination

Candace Jones
Boston College, USA
Barbara Slavich
IESEG School of Management, Paris, France
Reut Livne-Tarandach
University of Oregon, USA

Call for Papers

In recent years creative industries have experienced substantial changes due to digitalization, globalization, and sweeping economic crisis. These changes are threatening the survival of art forms, artistic careers, creative entrepreneurs, cultural organizations, and long-lived institutions. They are also opening up opportunities for innovative work, new relationships with patrons, intermediaries and audiences, and novel ways of embeddedness in local communities, global networks and art markets. Last but not least, they are reshaping the processes through which art is conceived, produced, and distributed, bringing in consumption immediacy and fast fashions' decay.

These profound and multi-faceted changes challenge received definitions and explanations, begging for theoretical, empirical and methodological approaches that lead to novel insights and reinvigorate the study of creative industries. We invite papers grounded in different organizational, social psychological, and sociological approaches that contribute to understanding the direction, magnitude, and meaning of creative industries' and cultural organizations' transformation and chart new trails for scholarly investigation, attentive to trespassing and crosspollination.

First, we seek submissions that focus on trespassing, examining what and how artists learn and unlearn, as well as the skills, symbols and signals they use, as they cross different categorical, status, geographical, or technological boundaries, and how their artwork travels, gets translated, adopted or adapted. Further, we hope to receive articles that address costs and conflicts in trespassing, and examine how power is played in processes of transition. Finally, we hope for comparative explorations of changes in cultural production and consumption across creative industries or cultural organizations.

Second, we invite contributions that engage in crosspollination between the domain of creative industries and other theoretical domains, such as careers (e.g. the new realities of creative careers), professions (e.g. the changing status of certain professions through creativity, such as haute cuisine chefs), entrepreneurship (e.g. the interplay of digital and non-digital business models), and social entrepreneurship in the arts, in particular, as well as international business (e.g. creative international new ventures or international alliances in the arts). Also, we welcome submissions that explore the tensions and dilemmas in combining different logics and examine hybrids that span artistic, business, scientific, and social domains.


Candace Jones is Associate Professor in the Management and Organization Department at Boston College, USA. Her research interests focus on cultural frameworks, cultural meaning and social structures. She examines vocabularies to locate actors' logics and cultural meanings within professions and creative industries. She examines how these depend on and shape actors social networks. She has published extensively in 'Organization Science', 'ASQ', 'AMR', 'Organization Studies', 'JOB', 'JMS', 'Academy of Management Annals', 'Research in the Sociology of Organizations,' etc., and co-edited numerous special issues on the creative industries. She is Division Chair for the Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management 2012–2015 and is currently on the editorial review boards of 'Organization Science', 'Strategic Management Journal', 'Journal of Management Studies' and 'Organization Studies', where she was a Senior Editor from 2008–2012. She is co-editing the Organization Studies' Special Issue on drivers of innovation in creative industries and the forthcoming "Handbook of Creative Industries" for Oxford University Press.
Barbara Slavich is Assistant Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Master in Fashion Management at IESEG School of Management (Paris, France). She holds a double PhD degree in Management from ESADE Business School (Barcelona, Spain) and Università Ca' Foscari (Venice, Italy). She was visiting scholar at Duke University, North Carolina (USA). After her PhD, she worked as researcher with grants at Bocconi University in the Management Department. Her research focuses on creativity management, managing and growing ventures in creative industries, and organizational and social mechanisms in highly creative and symbolic industries. She has published in academic peer reviewed journals, like 'European Management Journal' and 'International Journal of Arts Management', and in edited volumes, such as the "Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries'. Prior to completing her PhD, she worked in a contemporary art gallery in Milan, Italy.
Reut Livne-Tarandach is Assistant Professor of Management in the Lundquist College of Business at University of Oregon, USA. She holds a PhD degree in Organizational Studies from Boston College. Her research is devoted to the intersection of novelty and change. She is particularly interested in processes underlying re-learning, exploring how and why individuals, teams and organizations can simultaneously build on and transcend their past. Her research appeared in outlets such as the 'Academy of Management Journal', 'Journal of Organizational Behavior', 'Research in Organizational Change' and 'Development and Research in Sociology of Work'. She serves as reviewer for several journals, including 'Academy of Management Review', 'Organization Science', 'Organization Studies' and the 'Journal of Management Inquiry'.