Highbrow culture for high-potentials? Cultural orientations of a business elite in the making

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Engaging in the discussion on the changing constitution of cultural capital, this study takes a qualitative approach to understand the discursive practices evolving around cultural taste. Using in-depth interviews conducted in North-Western Europe with young business professionals, discourses around cultural taste are explored with a focus on music and the visual arts. Earlier research ascribes […]

Consonance Between Economic and IT Services: Finding the Balance Between Conflicting Requirements

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[Context and motivation] Service Orientation has been heralded as the solution for seamless alignment of the business and IT. [Question/problem] Alignment, however, remains far from being resolved. [Principal ideas/results] While alignment research typically concentrates on mapping the counterpart elements, this paper provides a case for what we coin consonance-the mutual adjustment of conflicting requirements between […]

Organizing artistic activities in a recurrent manner: (on the nature of) entrepreneurship in the performing arts

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A majority of performing arts organizations active in classical music, theatre, and contemporary dance rely on funding from third parties in order to organize productions in a recurrent manner. We adopt an entrepreneurial perspective to inform the debate on the economic sustainability of performing arts organizations: Is it a deficit in entrepreneurial orientation that condemns […]

Piracy on the Internet: Accommodate it or fight it? A dynamic approach

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This paper uses a dynamic stochastic model to solve for the optimal pricing policy of music recordings in the presence of P2P file-sharing networks eroding their sales. We employ a policy iteration algorithm on a discretized state space to numerically compute the optimal pricing policy. The realistically calibrated model reflects the real-world figures we observe […]

Regulating for creativity and cultural diversity: the case of collective management organisations and the music industry

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This paper explores the role of intermediary institutions in promoting creativity and cultural diversity in the music industry, and the impact of cultural policy on the performance of those intermediaries. It reviews some of the existing literature on the relationship between economic conditions and innovation in music, and argues that too little attention has been […]

Going means trouble and staying makes it double: the value of licensing recorded music online

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This paper discusses whether a copyright compensation system (CCS) for recorded music-endowing private Internet subscribers with the right to download and use works in return for a fee-would be welfare increasing. It reports on the results of a discrete choice experiment conducted with a representative sample of the Dutch population consisting of 4986 participants. Under […]

Accepting or fighting unlicensed usage: Can firms reduce unlicensed usage by optimizing their timing and pricing strategies?

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The rise of the Internet and new online services have led to the wide-scale illegal distribution of digital entertainment products, such as music, movies, games, and books. We analyze whether firms in the entertainment industry should fight unlicensed usage by providing specific offers that maximize the utility for segments relying on unlicensed usage, i.e., by […]

Cultureel ondernemerschap en het kunstonderwijs: “Van Assepoester en de Grote Boze Wolf naar Rapunzel”

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In beleidsnotities en publicaties in Nederland komt men de laatste jaren regelmatig de stelling tegen dat van het kunstonderwijs verwacht mag worden dat het haar studenten equipeert op hun toekomstige rol als cultureel ondernemer. Deze publicatie doet verslag van een onderzoek naar de relatie tussen cultureel ondernemerschap en het kunstonderwijs. Allereerst gaat de tekst in […]

The Globalization of Popular Music, 1960-2010: A Multilevel Analysis of Music Flows

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This study offers a cross-national multilayered analysis of music flows between 1960 and 2010. Advancing on previous empirical studies of cultural globalization, it attends to the global and country level, while adding the individual level of music flows. Concretely, the authors analyze the international composition of pop charts in nine countries by (a) mapping trends, […]