On-going institutional work in a contemporary art museum for the 21st century

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.advisor Granqvist, Nina
dc.contributor.author Hilkamo, Oona
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-17T12:39:32Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-17T12:39:32Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06-07
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/20957
dc.description.abstract Museums as formal institutions are facing changes in the 21st century, fueled by pressures from the knowledge society and the changing nature of leisure. Traditionally, museums have been sanctuaries of art with a central mission of collecting, preserving and presenting art and other objects of cultural value. This study investigates how one institution responds to these changes by performing institutional work. Institutions are defined as resilient social structures that are constituted by normative, regulative and cultural-cognitive structures and practices. They provide meaning for social life and organizational work and guide and set limits for action. Institutions are resilient structures, but not immune to change. Through institutional work, actors can create, maintain and disrupt institutions. In this study, the institutional work performed in the context of a contemporary art museum is investigated. The findings show how actors theorize new concepts, utilize mimicry and construct identities through combining ideas and materials. By showing the link between ideas and material practices, the study shows how actors engage in collective entrepreneurship. This study extends previous work on how institutional work is performed by a group of actors in a collective manner, and investigates the role of the building as a material object, drawing from theories of semiotics of the built environment. Buildings have traditionally been studied as tools for institutional change: their materiality acting as a manifestation of ideas through architectural design. As it is clear in the case of museums, the building is much more than ideas presented in material form. Buildings also shape societies by acting as a setting for experiences, enabling new kind of communication and co-creation. en
dc.format.extent 76+3
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title On-going institutional work in a contemporary art museum for the 21st century en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Perustieteiden korkeakoulu fi
dc.subject.keyword institutional work en
dc.subject.keyword museums en
dc.subject.keyword materiality en
dc.subject.keyword institutions en
dc.subject.keyword organizations en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201606172565
dc.programme.major International Design Business Management fi
dc.programme.mcode TU3007 fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.supervisor Vartiainen, Matti
dc.programme Master’s Degree Programme in International Design Business Management (IDBM) fi


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