Mari ThynneResearcher, Associate Lecturer
My career has spanned academia, senior management and professional theatre. During this time, I have gained in-depth knowledge of organisation and management processes, business development including e-business, research methods and immersive theatre production. This career trajectory offers the advantage of a distinctive approach to teaching, research and research consultancy. Presently completing a PhD, my research and practice is within organisation and management. More specifically, within the processes necessary to deliver meaningful and profitable ‘experiences’ within a developing experience economy.
My PhD inquiry explores the meaning and cultural value of creating experiences for consumers. The case study additionally draws on data from five established, yet under researched, UK theatre companies. As their artistic work is specifically created for audiences to be central within the performance, they are operating within the emerging ‘experience economy’ (Pine and Gilmore, 2011; Sunbo and Sorrenson, 2013). The contribution is a unique, interpretive and reflexive view of creative organisation, demonstrating the process of organising as a meaning making procedure.
- PhD funding 1+3 (2012) ESRC match funding Lancaster University School of Management
- NEMODE – New Economic Models in the Digital Economy, Network+ (2014) £8,667 for scoping study and hosting workshop titled ‘New Economic Models for the Performing Arts: Reconfiguring the value space’; PI: Mari Thynne.
- Conference Travel Grants (2015 and 2016) £210. Lancaster University Graduate College
I explore seminal literature on management theories in a way that allows accessibly to all. More specifically, I reflect the theories and concepts by global examples from today’s organisations to inspire debates and discussions that enable critical understanding, challenge preconceptions and facilitate independent thinking. Topics taught:
- Management and Organisational Behaviour
- Managing Organisations, Human Resources & Technology
- E-Business Management
- Ethics in Creative Organisations
- Advising on module design, development and assessment
- Designing delivery to reinforce lecture content
- Designing assessment and grading of coursework presentations
- Moodle uploading for information distribution
- Office hour for advising and feedback
- Marking formative feedback essays
- Marking course work
- Marking of exam scripts
- Preparing study skills hand-outs
I am particularly interested in developing the following research areas:
I. Collaborations with colleagues from interactive digital media design to advance experience design, knowledge and practice. Particularly through developing innovative conceptualisations, planning tools, and training programmes for perceived immersive experiences in educational fields such as museums, libraries, higher education teaching and learning. Finally, offering potential design models for corporate spin offs, specifically in businesses operating within the experience economy.
II. Collaborations with colleagues within the creative industries to advance knowledge further on the challenging aspect of capturing cultural value. The notion is to compliment the widely accepted economic value by adding analytical evidence of cultural value in the creative sector.
Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts (DRHA) 2016 – University of Brighton Sept 2016. Joint-author Dr I. Willcock (Hertfordshire). Ecologies of Experience: A Survey of Contemporary Immersive Practices
- Quadrangular Conference on Technology, Organisations & Society – Lancaster University Sept 2015. Creating Liminality within Interactive Theatre: Creating space or place?
- Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts (DRHA) 2015 - University College Dublin September 2015. Creating Intense Interactive Theatre: Offering cultural freedom or consumer control?
- German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English (CDE) 2015 – University of Barcelona. June 2015. Maker’s Narratives: Making sense of the value of interactive performance
- New Economic Models for the Performing Arts: Refiguring the value space – Workshop – Watershed Bristol. September 2014 Interactive Theatre: Reconfiguring the value space
- 10th Annual TaPRA Conference 2014 -Royal Holloway University London. September 2014. Interactive Theatre: Reconfiguring the value space
- Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts (DRHA) 2014 - University of Greenwich August 2014. Interactive Theatre Making: An interdisciplinary lens on maker narratives