New CREATe Working Paper Reflects on Study of a Creative Business Support Agency

CREATe’s fifth Working Paper of 2015 is now available. Inside a Cultural Agency: Team Ethnography and Knowledge Exchange by Philip Schlesinger, Melanie Selfe and Ealasaid Munro undertakes an auto-critical analysis of the research team’s ethnographic study of Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO), a Scottish creative business support agency. The authors discuss the team’s composition and how this relates to other analyses of ethnographic teamwork. The research is situated in the wider policy context of the “creative-economic” turn in the UK’s research funding, accompanied by increased emphasis on “knowledge exchange” and “impact” in the drive for greater accountability in higher education.

The article is published in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, Vol. 45, Iss. 2, 2015.

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