February 1, 2021
INTERCOM GLOBAL MUSEUM LEADERSHIP STUDY AND KNOWLEDGE PLATFORM WON THE ICOM GRANT
In partnership with several national committees (ICOM Czech Republic, ICOM India, ICOM Zambia) one regional alliance (ICOM SEE) and another international committee (ICOFOM) INTERCOM submitted a project proposal under the Solidarity Projects call that won the grant in the amount of € 29,100. The Strategic Allocation Review Committee (SAREC) evaluated the submissions according to established criteria and among the 8 projects which were selected for ICOM funding was INTERCOM’s project.
A series of global surveys of museum Leaders and staff establish the variations in context and culture which influence effective museum leadership. The study will also establish how museum leaders are dealing with the Covid-19 crisis and how it will impact museums’ resilience. Existing ICOM surveys have focused on the Covid-19 effect on museum staff, economic impact, digital engagement and collections. This study builds on these by focusing on the effects on leaders of leading their institutions through the pandemic crisis. The results will give ICOM a picture of where museum leadership stands in relation to Covid-19 challenges, and how museum leadership varies in different regions of the globe. The feedback from the study will inform the development of a Digital Leadership Knowledge Platform with culturally relevant leadership resources and models which will be applicable to the varied global, regional and cultural contexts in which museums operate. This online platform will be subject to a future funding application as a permanent tool used by museums. The purpose of the project is to help museums in organizing their work in challenging new circumstances in order to create new flexible strategic scenarios and operational planning which can equip museums with sustainable models after the lockdowns.