Stacks Image 1117

An Insight Development Grant: Equity, diversity and inclusion in cultural industries: what is the role of cultural organizations?

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada has awarded Julie Bérubé (principal investigator), Jacques-Bernard Gauthier (co-investigator) and Vivek Venkatesh (co-investigator and professor at Concordia University) a grant to carry out a research project with the following 5 specific objectives: (i) to document practices and perceptions of equity, diversity and inclusion issues among artists; (ii) to document practices and perceptions of equity, diversity and inclusion issues among cultural organizations; (iii) to analyze the trade-off between the value systems of artists and cultural organizations in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion issues; (iv) explore the complementarity between Giddens' structuring theory and Boltanski and Thévenot's justification theory in order to take a different look at the practices (described in i and ii) and the trade-off (described in iii); and finally (v) equip target groups (cultural organizations) to develop and implement policies, training workshops and support materials on equity, diversity and inclusion for artists and employees working in organizations.

Jacques-Bernard Gauthier's contributions to this research project are in keeping with the challenges to be met, on the one hand, methodologically in terms of the study of practices, and, on the other hand, theoretically in terms of the potential complementarity between Giddens and Boltanski and Thévenot.
Stacks Image 1119
Stacks Image 1104

COOPETITION IN PROJECTS IN CULTURAL INDUSTRIES is published in The Journal of Modern Project Management.

Abstract. This paper addresses the following question: what happens when people pool their resources in a project but also compete for market share? This question is at the heart of project management in the cultural industries. To be viable, these projects must find a compromise between competition and collaboration. To conceptualize this compromise, we used the theoretical framework On Justification by Boltanski and Thévenot (2006). These authors represented society with six independent worlds, and they explored compromises between the various worlds. We associate competition with the market world and collaboration with the civic world. Boltanski and Thévenot (2006) did not find a figure of compromise between these two worlds, but we suggest that coopetition is a viable form of compromise. We undertook 50 semi-structured interviews with professional visual artists to empirically support our assumptions that (1) coopetition is the answer to our initial question, and (2) it is the figure of compromise between the market and civic worlds. Our findings contribute to the literature on coopetition in project management by presenting three typical cases of coopetition in projects in cultural industries: artwork creation projects, art exhibition projects in private galleries, and art exhibition projects in cooperative galleries. We also contribute to the literature on Boltanski and Thévenot (2006) theoretical framework by exploring a new figure of compromise.

For more details about this article by Julie Bérubé and Jacques-Bernard Gauthier, I invite you to follow the following link :

Henri Lefebvre's spatial architectonics as a lever for a normative study of projects in the health sector

This is the title of the thesis proposal successfully submitted by Johanne Paradis, a doctoral candidate in administration-project management at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. The general research objective pursued by Johanne Paradis is to explore how the project can be something other than a lever for organizational efficiency in the Quebec health system. To answer this, we ask two questions: (i) how project management conceptualizes health and care and (ii) how space in project management in the health field is conceptualized.
How does project management conceptualize care? A review of the scientific literature shows that the project in the health sector attracts the attention of only a few project management authors. Indeed, little research is focused on projects that are in line with the primary mission of a health system: care. The work on care leaves an important stakeholder in the project: the patient. As for the conceptualization of space (2nd question), it differs according to whether it is the tradition in project management or the critical currents in project management.

Consequently, the doctoral research in progress has the following two specific objectives: (1) build a structuralist conceptual architecture of the constitution of the space in order to integrate the patient as an "agentified" stakeholder and the project as an opportunity to define the health and care space in a different way and (2) to empirically study any structuring movement in order to improve the architecture proposed in point (1). A first version of the conceptual framework was the subject of a long paper and a presentation at the 9th edition of the
Making Critical Project (MPC9). As for the empirical approach, it crosses the case study and ethnography. More concretely, the case of the Outaouais medical training project will be studied from the inside.

The thesis proposal under the supervision of Professor Jacques-Bernard Gauthier was presented to the jury and the university community on December 9, 2019. Jacques-Bernard Gauthier would like to congratulate Johanne Paradis for the quality of the work she has done.