Oakes, H and Oakes, S (2015) An analysis of business phenomena and austerity narratives in the arts sector from a new materialist perspective. Accounting and Business Research, 45 (6/7). pp. 738-764.

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The paper adopts a lens of new materialism to analyse narratives of managers in the arts sector in response to the master narrative of austerity and proposed‘solutions’ using business models(including accounting). It explores the complex trajectories of the master narrative through the analysis of a diverse range of funding and arts organisations. Accounting, business models and austerity reveal rhizomatic characteristics as they diverge from their origin and are implicated in uncertainty about the future and a variety of unintended consequences. Accounting is depicted by many interviewees as not fulfilling many of its promises, thus creating uncertainty regarding its effectiveness. The new materialist approach offers insights into the nature and scale of uncertainty and pays attention to affect and emotion in interviewee responses, fostering an empathetic approach to social analysis.
Three implications of new materialism relating to accountability, individual responsibility and inter-organisational communication are highlighted.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Taylor and Francis at https://doi.org/10.1080/00014788.2015.1081555 Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: public-sector accounting, case study, arts organisations, austerity, business models, narratives
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting. Bookkeeping
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Keele Management School
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 13:05
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2018 14:48
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3600

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