Case Studies of Museum Systems in the UK and Taiwan from the Collaboration Perspective

By Chieh-Ching Tien.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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Why should governments be involved in the development of museum systems? How do governments interfere in the setting up of these systems? The article aims to study collaboration as it operates in museum systems in the UK and Taiwan, in the hope of increasing our understanding of this phenomenon.
Governments should be involved in the development of museum systems. The strategy of collaboration can be used to solve some of the problems which museums encounter and help museums to gain collaborative advantage. There are three main discourses in cultural policy: state discourse, market discourse and civil discourse. All of these dimensions are inherent in the government's approach to cultural policy; setting up museum systems can enhance national identity, cultural citizenship and regional economy. Moreover, the policy of setting up museum systems also helps governments to improve the efficiency of public museums.
To maximize collaborative advantage, the process of setting up a museum system should include 3 phases - problem setting, direction setting and structuring. The level of involvement by museums should be deep and sustainable. Governments can assist collaboration between museums. Collaboration can improve the efficiency of museum management.

Keywords: Museum System: In this Article, Museum System Means the Systematic Formation of Museum Clusters by Government

International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.37-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 995.854KB).

Chieh-Ching Tien

PhD. Student, Graduate School of Art-Culture Policy and Management, National Taiwan University of Arts, Banciao City, Taiwan

Chieh-Ching Tien is a researcher in the area of museum management. She is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Art, Cultural Policy and Management, in the National Taiwan University of Arts, Taiwan. She holds an MSc from the Events and Facilities Management Department of Sheffield Hallam. Her research area mainly focuses on museum management. She has a particular interest in collaboration, relationship marketing.

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