Management and the Cultural Industries

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
13 July 2023


Requisites for this module
BE400 or BE401



Key module for


Module description

This module builds upon students' basic understanding of general management to explore the particularities of the cultural industries. An increasingly important sector of the economy, the cultural industries are distinctive both in terms of their political economy and their organizational forms, management systems and labour processes.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide a theoretical and empirical understanding of the cultural industries: what they are; what is distinctive about them; their historical development; and their location within advanced capitalist political economy.

  • To provide both theoretical and empirical analysis of work and management within the cultural industries, and how these are being shaped by broad influences like technological change, globalisation, legislation and policy, marketization and organizational restructuring.

  • Through class discussion, participation and group work, to develop the students’ analytical and critical reasoning skills, and enable them to present a clear case analysis with reference to academic theory and empirical evidence.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the political economic context of the cultural industries and the implications this has for organizational structure, management, and the labour process within these industries.

  2. Understand and explain the significance of changes in media technology, globalisation, legislation, policy, markets, and organizational structure for the cultural industries.

  3. Critically analyse and synthesise academic theories and organizational practices in the cultural industries.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to have acquired the following transferable skills:

  1. Synthesis and bringing together concepts and ideas

  2. Critical thinking

  3. Evaluation of evidence

  4. Recognise rival conceptual ideas

  5. Analysing Academic literature

  6. Team work

  7. Expressing research findings in report or slide deck

  8. Understanding how to present successfully and confidently

  9. Argumentation / Essay writing skills

  10. Core IT skills (word, excel, PowerPoint, outlook)

  11. Understand and work with social media and media analytical tools including social marketing skills

  12. Interpret and understand business-related information including visual and media analysis

Module information

This module offers a high-level analysis of the cultural industries by starting from a consideration of what is distinctive about 'culture' as an economic product and proceeds to consider what this distinctiveness means for the structure of the industries; how new technologies, globalization and intellectual property rights legislation have shaped their development; and what this means for work and management within these industries. Throughout the module students will be encouraged to engage actively in their own learning by contributing to teaching through assessed group presentations.

The module does not offer a prescriptive set of guidelines for managing in the cultural industries, but provides students with the conceptual tools and the historical knowledge to critically analyse and situate this sector for themselves. Through the group research and presentation, the module also facilitates the development of important transferable skills such as time-management, project planning, research, critical thinking and analysis, group work and presentation skills.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • A weekly 2-hour lecture, for 10 weeks.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   COURSEWORK     
Practical   PRESENTATION      

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Stevphen Shukaitis & Dr Casper Hoedemaekers



External examiner

University of Birmingham
Associate Professor of Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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