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Towards an entrepreneurial mindset

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:30

Image of participantsFor some time now, the clear message from governments across the globe has been that cultural organisations need to look beyond the state for their income, deliver new and creative business models and reinvent themselves as expertly led hybrid organisations with entrepreneurial ways of thinking.  But what does it mean to be an entrepreneurial cultural organisation, and how can we reinvent ourselves as businesses, albeit not-for-profit, whilst retaining the values that make us relevant, unique cultural and community spaces?  

The ‘Towards an entrepreneurial mindset’ workshop aims to support participants to explore how entrepreneurial ways of thinking and behaving can be positive and productive for not-for-profit cultural organisations, from museums and heritage attractions to contemporary arts venues and theatres.

Colleagues from the Saïd Business School, who have extensive skills, knowledge and expertise in transforming individuals, organisations and practices in cultural sectors as well as the business world, will facilitate the workshop. They will address the challenges facing cultural organisations by using real issues to help delegates develop innovative ideas and strategies for finding solutions.

This participative workshop has been designed to enable delegates to experiment, to feel capable of taking risks with ideas, to create new ways of thinking and behaving, to become skilful decision makers, and to develop mechanisms for dealing with demanding situations. In essence, the day aims to encourage and develop entrepreneurial attitudes.

This event is for people who have the capacity to lead change and who have a strong desire to have an impact on their organisation and the broader cultural sector.

Participants are invited to arrive from 10:30 for coffee. The day will start promptly at 11:00 and will include a networking lunch.  We aim to finish the day by 17:00.



Dr Pegram Harrison is Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Pegram's research and teaching concern entrepreneurship and leadership particularly in cultural contexts. He teaches entrepreneurship, leadership, strategy and heritage management to executives and Diploma students, as well as on the MBA and undergraduate programmes.

Pegram runs Oxford Saïd’s programme of teaching and research called “Engaging with the Humanities”.  He helped to start the Oxford Cultural Heritage Programme, and is a member of the University's Thames Valley Country House Partnership Project.  He also coordinates a joint research programme with the University of Bologna on management and the humanities.  These initiatives link researchers with cultural institutions, policy leaders, development agencies, digital technology providers and civic officials.  Beyond Oxford, Pegram works with various cultural organisations on research into new business models for enhancing museum engagement.

Classroom 1, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (The Thatcher Business Education Centre, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HP)

If you need any further information please contact the Oxford University Museums Partnership team: | 01865 613784.

Booking Details: 

This session costs £95 to help us cover the cost of venue hire, refreshments, speakers’ travel and facilitators. 

To book a place please visit the Oxford University Online Store

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