Associate Professor - Reader
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 72535
Email: C dot Bilton at warwick dot ac dot uk
Dr Chris Bilton was the Director of the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies from 2008 until 2014. He is also the founder of the MA in Creative and Media Enterprises and was Course Director from its inception in 1999 until September 2008. Chris worked in the cultural sector for ten years before coming to Warwick, touring Britain and Europe as a writer, performer and manager with Balloonatics Theatre Company and working as Arts Development Officer for City of Westminster Arts Council in London. He has been a lecturer at the Centre since 1997.
Research interests include: management of creative and media businesses; alternative approaches to organisation, employment and strategy formation in the cultural sector; cultural democracy and community arts; creativity theory; the negative consequences of 'creativity' for organisations and individuals.
My most recent book, The Disappearing Product: Marketing and Markets in the Creative Industries was published in September 2017. Currently I am working on a book on 'mapping multiple creativities' with Stephen Cummings and dt ogilvie. Other current research projects include motivation, flow and creative work (with Dr Doris Eikhof and Dr Charlotte Gilmore), new forms of organisation in the creative industries (with Dr Jonathan Vickery) and 'the future of creativity' (with Dr Lee Martin).
I have published and presented papers on policy and management in the creative industries at conferences in Norway, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands and the UK. My most recent books in this field are the Handbook of Management and Creativity, co-edited with Stephen Cummings and published in 2014, and Creative Strategy: reconnecting business and innovation, co-written with Stephen Cummings. Other recent articles have appeared in International Journal of Cultural Policy, Strategy magazine and Management Today.
I completed my PhD, an examination of cultural democracy in the UK and the US from 1870 to 1990, at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies in 1998. I am a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Cultural Policy for which I recently edited a special edition on 'Creativity and Cultural Policy'. My most recent funded research project was the Happenstance Project, in which Ruth Leary, Katherine Jewkes and I were supported by the AHRC, Arts Council England and NESTA to investigate the effects of digital innovation on organisational culture in three arts organisations.
I have run workshops on management and creativity for managers at Warwick Business School and Copenhagen Business School, and for transport and construction companies through the Roads Academy and Highways Agency. I am a founding member of the Warwick Creative Exchange, a network of cultural organisations and Warwick academics aiming to foster knowledge exchange and to facilitate collaborative research.
Teaching and supervision
I teach the module Creativity and Organisation (Core Module: MA in Creative and Media Enterprises) and the optional module Marketing and Markets.
I have supervised nine PhD research projects to completion in the Centre, ranging across the following topics: cultural entrepreneurship in Birmingham; risk narratives in Mexico; the gendered myth of genius and its effects on female authors; creativity in video games; Chinese television; independent audiovisual production in Taiwan and Britain; the Korean 'wave' in film and TV; multiculturalism in Taiwan. I welcome proposals which relate to my research interests above, but am interested in any imaginative and exciting projects which meet the Centre's overall research criteria.
Current PhD students
- Chai Rin An: The Value of Maintaining the Autonomy of Content Creators in the National Broadcasting Industry: A study of content production processes in the South Korean television industry
- Andrew Castle: Happy Accidents - chance and success in the creative industries
- Dongjoon Lee: Multinational expansion in the Korean Creative Industries
- Hanzhi Ruan: National identity and popular culture in China
- Ruth Walker: Academic work and vocation among music industry professionals (co-supervised with David Wright)
- Fazlinda Fadzil: The use of online funding platforms in UK theatre (co-supervised with Tim White)
- Bilton, C. (2017) The Disappearing Product: Marketing and Markets in the Creative Industries (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar)
- Bilton, Chris. (2014) Uncreativity : the shadow side of creativity. International Journal of Cultural Policy 21.2, pp. 153 - 167
- Bilton, C. and Cummings, S. (2014) ed. Handbook of Management and Creativity (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar)
- Bilton, C. (2013) 'Playing to the Gallery: Myth, Method and Complexity in the Creative Process' in J. Chan and K. Thomas (ed.), Handbook of Research on Creativity (Edward Elgar), pp. 125 - 137
- Bilton, C (2012): Happenstance Report (NESTA 2012)
- Bilton, C (2011) (ed.): Creativity and Cultural Policy (London: Routledge)
- Bilton, C. and Cummings, S. (2010) Creative Strategy: reconnecting business and innovation (Wiley)
- PhD (Warwick)