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News + Updates: Strategy Theme

National Arts Strategies in Brazil

On November 24-26, 2014, NAS partnered with the United States Consulate Sao Paulo and SESC Sao Paulo to present a three-day program in Sao Paulo, Brazil for senior cultural leaders from around Brazil. The program focused on strategy and strategic innovation and was led by NAS faculty Dr. Violina Rindova and Dr. Robert Wiltbank. They also led a half-day session for emerging leaders from across Brazil. Approximately 110 leaders participated between both groups. On November 27, 2014, NAS Director Fielding Grasty led a session with the emerging leaders group, discussing similarities and differences in current trends affecting the Brazilian and US cultural sectors.

This was NAS’ first program in Latin America. In 2014, we’ve presented custom programs in Brazil, Hong Kong and Oman.  It was great to share leadership ideas and experiences with colleagues around the globe and we look forward to the New Year!


Understanding Your Digital Culture

How would you describe your organization’s digital style? Are you creative experimenters, digital transformers or do you tend more towards the predictable?



Are you ready for change in 2013?

Happy New Year!

National Arts Strategies has lots in store for 2013, starting with our first Business of Arts and Culture seminar, Strategy. Strategy, presented March 7-9 in San Francisco, provides an opportunity for you to work with your leadership team under the guidance of leading management professors Violina Rindova and Rob Wiltbank.


How a strategy seminar can lead to a real breakthrough

At National Arts Strategies, we love hearing from participating teams about how attending our seminars has impacted their work. For The Loft Literary Center, attending Strategy was not only educational, it was a true working session that was instrumental in helping the organization move forward with its plan to offer online learning. As a result of the work they did at Strategy, The Loft was able to engage staff and board to quickly fund and launch their new initiative.



Invest in your organization this holiday season

Why not skip the gadgets this holiday season and instead pledge to invest in your organization’s future? Apply to attend one of our two upcoming Business of Arts and Culture team seminars – Strategy, March 7-9, 2013 in San Francisco and Managing People, March 21-22, 2013 in Chicago.



Apply to Attend Strategy in San Francisco

National Arts Strategies will present our Strategy seminar March 7-9, 2013 in San Francisco and the application period is now open.


Fellowship Recipients Selected for Strategy Seminar

The final Organization Fellowships of 2011 have been awarded to twelve teams to attend Strategy, December 8-10 in Chicago. All fellowship recipients were selected through a competitive application process and will attend the seminar at no cost. In addition to a fellowship covering the full-tuition for the seminar, participants from outside the Chicago area will also receive up to $600 per person to help offset the travel and lodging costs. Team fellowships are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fidelity Foundation and The Kresge Foundation.



Strategy Application Deadline Approaching

The application period for Organization Fellowships to attend Strategy, the last Business of Arts and Culture™ seminar for 2011, closes next Friday, September 23. Strategy is a three-day experience meant to give your leadership team a firm understanding of key frameworks and concepts that will help you in developing your organizational strategy. Strategy’s case-based format provides learning opportunities from the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, with class discussions meant to enhance your understanding of the concepts presented. Read a description of the Strategy sessions »

Accepted teams will receive Organization Fellowships to cover tuition of $4,500 for up to six people and travel support is provided for those from outside the Chicago area. Don’t miss this opportunity to ensure your organization ends 2011 with a firm understanding of your environment and with the skills to work towards mission fulfillment and gaining a competitive advantage in 2012. Apply today »


What will you gain from attending Strategy?

“We’d been tossing around the core concepts of our vision for a year but the NAS seminar allowed us the time and tools to solidify our ten year vision.” – Jocelyn Hale, Executive Director of The Loft Literary Center

Many of us have experienced the birth of great ideas presented in staff meetings and in casual office conversations. But too often, we lack the tools, time and resources to bring these ideas to fruition. The choices we make about where to focus our efforts are key to strategy and gaining a competitive advantage. So, how do we make the right choices?

We must first understand the concepts behind strategy, and how our mission and vision inform strategic objectives. There is no question that experience teaches us multitudes, but an understanding of the fundamental tools and models used by successful businesses throughout the nonprofit and for-profit sectors can expand our strategic thinking to help us best utilize our resources to support mission and vision.

Attending the NAS Strategy seminar is one step your leadership team can take towards developing a sound and actionable organizational strategy. This three-day program combines executive education with the experience of a working retreat. Under the guidance of top business faculty, your team will develop an in-depth understanding of environmental analysis, competitive advantage and strategy. You’ll learn how to objectively analyze your organization’s strengths and weaknesses, work to identify institutional goals – whether they involve a capital campaign, program development or a larger structural change – and begin to map the steps required to achieve those goals. Feedback from your peers and the opportunity to test your ideas with top academics will help you fine tune your plans and solidify your strategy. Read more about the seminar sessions »

The application deadline is September 23. Apply today »


Leading management faculty bring wealth of experience to Strategy, December 8-10

NAS Strategy professors Violina Rindova (McCombs School of Business, University of Texas – Austin) and Rob Wiltbank (Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University) bring several decades of research and teaching experience to this three-day seminar in Chicago, December 8-10. They will use case studies, engaging discussions and team exercises to help you form a sound strategy that plays to your organization’s strengths.

Dr. Rindova’s research focusing on how firms develop intangible assets and manage perceptions of value has been published in leading management and strategy journals. Her work has also been featured in various business media including Business Week and The Economist. She is currently working on the concept of “celebrity firms” and understanding the sources of market popularity. She has taught courses in entrepreneurship and strategic management at the undergraduate, graduate and executive levels while on the faculty of the University of Washington and University of Maryland. She holds a J.D. from University of Sofia, Bulgaria, MBA from Madrid Business School-University of Houston and a Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business, New York University.

Dr. Wiltbank teaches courses on Industry Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Governance and Venture Finance as part of a program dedicated to management principles that are core to creating value in for-profit, not-for-profit and government organizations. His research focuses on strategy making under uncertainty, particularly as it relates to growing new organizations. He is a leading researcher in the field of angel investing and has published research in top tier academic journals covering topics such topics as change in top management teams non-predictive strategies, entrepreneurial expertise in marketing and formal venture capital investment practices. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Business Venturing. Dr. Wiltbank co-authored “The Catalyst,” selected by Business Week as one of the top 10 books on innovation and leadership in 2009. He is also co-author of “Effectual Entrepreneurship,” based on 15 years of academic research into entrepreneurial expertise. He holds a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from the University of Washington, and a degree in finance & accounting from Oregon State University, and is a partner with Montlake Capital, a growth stage venture investment firm headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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