Title: Art ventures as hybrid organisations: tensions and conflicts relating to organisational identity

Authors: Katja Lindqvist

Addresses: Department of Service Management and Service Studies, Lund University, Campus Helsingborg, P.O. Box 882, 251-08 Helsingborg, Sweden

Abstract: Research indicates that hybrid ventures face more complex challenges than other ventures, due to multiple institutional logics. Institutional logics theory suggests that this is due to different institutional backgrounds that influence actor perspectives and expectations on decision making authority and venture identity, which in turn result in tensions and possible conflicts, especially over time. The article explores challenges of art ventures related to such tensions through a multiple case study. A conclusion from the study is that tension and conflicts are unavoidable as ventures grow or reach a stabilisation phase, in art ventures as in other organisations. Art ventures as hybrid organisations need to balance artistic, managerial and political logics if they are to be successful. There is a need for more research on art entrepreneurship, in particular as regards similarities and differences in relation to venturing in other fields.

Keywords: art venture; cultural entrepreneur; organisational identity; institutional logics.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEV.2017.10006926

International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2017 Vol.9 No.3, pp.242 - 259

Accepted: 18 Jul 2016
Published online: 04 Sep 2017 *

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