Sub-theme 13: (SWG) Collective Powers for Renewal in Creative Industries
University of Edinburgh, UK
ISG International Business School, France
IESE Business School, Spain
Call for Papers
The creative industries are a 'fascinating forest of power plays' (Hirsch, 2000). The nature and dynamics of power
in the creative industries is being redefined, with new forms of organizing and managing collaboration emerging at different
levels. Organizations, such as Creative Commons, provide creators with free legal tools to share and facilitate the use of
their creative work. Intermediaries such as Kickstarter offer artists a funding platform that connects them to backers. Artistic
squats such as Le Laboratoire de la Création, professionalize and connect creative efforts. Collective governance shape decisions,
such as Ogilvy and Mather's Worldwide Creative Council or Pixar's Braintrust. Power, however, has been rarely examined in
the study of creative industries and offers opportunity for contribution and conversation.
This sub-theme offers
space for dialogue on the collaborative powers in and of creative industries, and the role of creative entrepreneurs and collectives
in them (Hargadon & Bechky, 2006; Svejenova et al., 2010, 2015). It seeks to revisit seminal texts, such Becker (1982),
Caves (2000), Hirsch (2000), or Lampel et al. (2000) and to extend insights on recent transformations (Jones et al., 2012;
Jones et al., 2015).
We invite contributions that examine power manifestations such as:
do traditional entertainment and media conglomerates sustain their power?
- What forms of collaboration ensure
funding, development, and diffusion of creative work? What capabilities do creatives develop to advance their collaborations,
especially when those involve different art forms, disciplines, and logics?
- How are creative collectives governed?
What conflicts and challenges plural forms of leadership entail?
- What are the current network structures that
sustain artistic work and careers? What originates and sets them in motion?
- Becker, H. (1982): Art Worlds. Berkeley: University of California Press.
- Caves, R. (2000):
Creative Industries – Contracts between Art and Commerce. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
A.B., & Bechky, B.A. (2006): "When Collections of Creatives Become Creative Collectives: A Field Study of Problem Solving
at Work." Organization Science, 17 (4), 484–500.
- Hirsch, P. (2000): "Cultural Industries Revisited."
Organization Science, 11 (3), 356–361.
- Jones, C., Lorenzen, M., & Sapsed, J. (2015): "Creative Industries.
A Typology of Change." In: C. Jones, M. Lorenzen & J. Sapsed (eds.): Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Jones, C., Maoret, M., Massa, F.G., & Svejenova, S. (2012): "Rebels with
a cause: The formation, contestation and expansion of the de novo category 'Modern Architecture', 1870–1975." Organization
Science, 23 (6), 1523–1545.
- Lampel, J., Lant, T., & Shamsie, J. (2000): "Balancing Act: Learning from
Organizing Practices in Cultural Industries." Organization Science, 11 (3), 263–269.
- Svejenova, S.,
Vives, L., & Alvarez, J.L. (2010): "At the crossroads of agency and communion: Defining the shared career." Journal
of Organizational Behavior, 31 (5), 707–725.
- Svejenova, S., Slavich, B., & AbdelGawad, S. (2015): "Creative
Entrepreneurs: The Business Models of Haute Cuisine Chefs." In: C. Jones, M. Lorenzen & J. Sapsed (eds.): Oxford Handbook
of Creative Industries. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Candace Jones is Chaired Professor at University of Edinburgh Business School, UK. She co-edited the "Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries"
(2015). Her research explores how institutional logics, networks, vocabularies and materiality in change processes such as
new categories in architecture, film and music.
Amélie Boutinot is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department of ISG International Business School, France. Her research advances
understanding of recognition and legitimation processes in creative industries, specifically in architecture, at multiple
level of analysis.
Massimo Maoret is an Assistant Professor in the Strategic Management Department of IESE Business School, Spain. His research advances understanding
of how social networks determine success, defined either as performance or institutionalization, at multiple analysis levels.