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Preface

Hsiao-Ling CHUNG
IJCCI volume 3, issue 3, July 2016

This special issue on Creating Organization: Cross-industry, Cross-context and Cross-discipline shed lights on the increasing complexity, challenges, and opportunities generated by the organizational and industrial changes of cultural and creative industries (CCI). As an emerging sector, CCI has been recognized as a new economy engine. Theoretical and empirical works have explored its organizational and developmental issues from the micro to the macro level. However, gaps remain in our understanding of the processes which shape the new configurations at the individual, project, and firm levels, and impact development at the city, region, and national levels.


Exploration of the different ways in which organizational relationships emerge highlights both the organizational interconnections and the tensions between the levels. As technology advances and entrepreneurs create, the hybrid CCI sector is constantly expanding and redefining its industry boundaries and rules with new ways of cultural and creative production and dissemination. This new complexity leads us to explore to what extent these new practices are deliberate, as well as what factors affect the practices of individuals, firms, and networks.


This issue is therefore dedicated to untangle this intricacy, exploring the organizational dynamics and the management challenges. The selected papers respond to the essential need for scholarly and empirical work in the emerging field of CCI. Additionally, the six papers approach the organizational issues from various levels and perspectives. The first four articles share a common theme: the networked nature of CCI, and how it influences the individual, firm, and regional development. The last two articles illuminate issues of talent, how talent can learn and grow professionally within the changing landscape of CCI, and how an alternative platform for cultivation of talent in the digitalized and urbanized contexts is needed.


Conti uses a regional hub model from the province of Pesaro and Urbino, Italy to address the dynamics of collaboration, and how trade associations play interconnecting roles to facilitate innovation processes at firms and the competitiveness of territories. Tonkovic explores the effect of creative labor self-employment on social networks in a post-socialist society, in order to bring to light neglected network structural issues. Lin conducted an observation research to examine the capabilities transformation process of a Taiwanese design SME in a manufacturing supply-chain which is moving toward its own branding. Chung demonstrates how the increasing complexity of interactions among CCI policy stakeholders including government officers, local enterprises, and communities of the six municipalities in Taiwan can be tackled by a qualitative research design. Music shows management and organizing practices in developing the web-based artist community Celeste Network, and how an on-line platform can combine and communicate artists’ products and personas through selling and sharing mechanisms. Guo illustrates the case of Huashan Multiversity’s Executive Development Program in China to show that cross-sector collaboration is needed to contribute to and confront the pressing demand for talent for cultural management in the face of China’s rapid urbanization and mass innovation and entrepreneurship.


As the guest editor, my heartfelt thanks to the above authors. Special thanks also to the peer reviewers who devoted their time and effort in the review process to ensure the highest standards of accuracy and integrity. I am also grateful for the ongoing support of the College of Planning and Design, National Cheng Kung University, and the Editor-in-Chief Professor Ding-Bang Luh for his continuing endeavor to make this journal and this special issue possible. Finally, thanks to Dr. Ottavia Huang, our dedicated managing editor, for her close attention to every detail of the long process of assembling, editing, and designing this interesting and elegant issue.