The dynamics of successful events – the experts’ perspective.

Ensor, John, Robertson, Martin and Ali-Knight, Jane (2007) The dynamics of successful events – the experts’ perspective. Managing Leisure, 12 (2). pp. 223-235. ISSN 1466 450X

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Interviews with key leaders formed the basis of this exploratory research to elicit and identify the key factors that festival leaders perceive as the characteristics of creative and innovative festivals. The sample study was of composed of three key festival experts. This included two directors from two large festivals occurring at different times of the year in Edinburgh. Both directors have a well established leadership history in their respective festival. In addition one additional interviewee had responsibility for the strategic development of art events and festivals at a national level (2006). Repertory Grids were employed to identify key constructs that festival leaders hold of the arena in which they work. Six key areas emerge from the constructs identified. These are leadership, focus, relationship with the community, decision making, funding, and history of the festival. Leadership had the highest rating and the sub categories identified within this were independence, freedom and culture. Focus of the event and relationship with the community were, respectively, the next most highly rated constructs.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1466 450X
Uncontrolled Keywords: festivals; creative; innovative; Edinburgh; events organisation; repertory grids; community relationship; funding; history;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School > School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 338 Production
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 2074
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2008 11:25
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 13:42

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