Category Archives: Management Practices

Almost half of natural World Heritage sites under severe threat, says WWF – CSMonitor.com

As the Global Heritage Fund commented, “A new report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) states that more than 11 million people – more than the population of Portugal – and over half of our natural World Heritage Sites are … Continue reading

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Our Natural History, Endangered – The New York Times

Whether it is anti-intellectualism, anti-science, the belief that that such places are boring and outdated, or the simple prioritization of donating to other organizations over museums, there are numerous factors that are turning people – and critical funding – away from natural history … Continue reading

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9 Things Museums Can Do To Improve The Way We Experience Art

Sustainability for museums means staying relevant to the changing needs and expectations of target audiences as culture and technology shift over time.  It also means working to increase accessibility and engagement for people who have previously not felt welcome in the … Continue reading

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Review of “The Earthscan Reader on NGO Management”: The Role of NGOs in Sustainable Development and Heritage Management around the World

This text on NGO management is an edited collection of essays focusing on issues in the goals, efficacy, structure and administration of non-governmental development organizations (NGDOs), and is itself organized in a textbook-like fashion, with an apparent audience of people … Continue reading

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Review of “Cross-Cultural Management” (Part 2): Implications for UNESCO, Sustainability and World Heritage

(This review is a continuing study of the text first analyzed here.) In the second half of this book, David Thomas explores the primary responsibilities of managers and how they manifest in cross-cultural contexts, as well more specific challenges affecting … Continue reading

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Review of “Cross-Cultural Management” (Part. 1): The Effects of Cultural Assumptions on Heritage Management Practices

This review is of the first major section of the text Cross-Cultural Management: Essential Concepts, in which David C. Thomas addresses common assumptions about norms for social interaction that can affect interpersonal behavior in organizations, particularly on the management level.  … Continue reading

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Review of “Clan, Caste and Club”: Adding India to the Conversation

Clan, Caste and Club, by F.L.K. Hsu (1963), focuses on the major differences among those cultural structures that are most common and valued in America, Hindu India, and China, seeking to add nuance to the understanding of each by means of … Continue reading

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Forget The Mission Statement. What’s Your Mission Question?

Forget The Mission Statement. What’s Your Mission Question? | Co.Design: business + innovation + design. This article has some solid points that would be useful for any organization to think about, I expect.  It focuses on the concept of returning … Continue reading

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The Reconstruction of Mecca’s Grand Mosque Involves Extensive Damage to Major Historical Features

In a move that is controversial among both heritage professionals and Muslim groups outside of the extremist Wahabi government of Saudi Arabia, the rulers of Islam’s birthplace have begun construction on the Grand Mosque of Mecca in order to expand … Continue reading

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Will the AAMD’s Newly Updated Guidelines Lead to Substantial Change in Museum Collecting Practices?

Center for Art Law: Will the AAMD’s Newly Updated Guidelines Lead to Substantial Change in Museum Collecting Practices? “In late January, the Association of Art Museum Directors (the AAMD) announced that it was publishing a revision to its “Guidelines on … Continue reading

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