Eliciting the Dynamics of Leading a Sustainable Event: Key Informant Responses

John Ensor, Martin Robertson, Jane Ali-Knight
  • Event Management, December 2011, Cognizant Communication Corporation
  • DOI: 10.3727/152599511x13175676722483

Understanding festival leaders' attitudes towards creating and directing sustainable festivals.

What is it about?

Within the event management literature relating to network development and festival sustainability there is a paucity of research that analyzes the perception of festival sustainability by festival leaders. After an initial review of the context of sustainability, network theory, and an identification of the changing set of competencies for effective leadership, an exploratory and explanatory investigation is made to elicit and identify the critical factors that key informant festival leaders associate with sustainable festivals. The main purpose of this study is to attain a greater depth of understanding of festival leaders' attitudes towards the dynamics of creating and directing sustainable festivals. In-depth interviews with five elite festival leaders helped to generate the elements of a repertory grid from which a "triading" method was used to elicit constructs. Of the constructs identified, the most significant relate to four areas: the event subject focus; the leadership; the funding; and the organizational culture. The research also revealed that festival leaders conceive sustainability not as an environmental concern, but as a matter of festival survival. Suggestions are then drawn as to the future role of the repertory grid method in identifying and managing stakeholder visions, and future lines of research investigation and application.

Why is it important?

There is a paucity of research that analyzes the perception of festival sustainability by festival leaders. This aids identification and potential management of stakeholder visions, and future lines of research investigation and application.

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The following have contributed to this page: Jane Ali-Knight and Dr Martin Robertson