Systems Thinking and Museums

This is my main research area. Systems thinking as a theory appeals to me as it advocates for the interrelated connections and holistic thinking that are often lacking in museum settings. The premise of systems thinking applied to museums is that museums can be better off when they operate as open, dynamic, and learning systems as a whole rather than closed, stagnant, and status quo systems that are compartmentalized and hierarchical.


Jung, Y. (under contract, expected completion in 2020). Single authored book with a working title of Transforming museum management: Using evidence-based systems thinking for change. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.


Jung, Y. & Love, A. L. (Eds.). (2017). Systems thinking in museums: Theory and practice. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Articles in Refereed Journals

Keeney, K. & Jung, Y. (accepted). Global arts leadership: An exploration of professional standards and demands in arts management (systems intelligence is included as one of the global competencies for arts leaders). Submitted to The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society.

(Link coming soon)

Jung, Y. (2016). Micro examination of museum workplace culture: How institutional changes influence the culture of a real world art museum. Museum Management and Curatorship, 31(2), 159-177.

Jung, Y. (2014). Building strong bridges between the museum and its community: An ethnographic understanding of the culture and systems of one community’s art museum. The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, 6(3), 1-11. 10.18848/1835-2014/CGP/v06i03/44452.

Book Chapters

Jung, Y., & Love, A. R. (2017). Systems thinking and museum ecosystem. In Y. Jung & A. Love (Eds.), Systems thinking in museums: Theory and practice (pp. 3-16), Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

Jung, Y. (2017). Toward a learning museum and systems intelligence. In Y. Jung & A. Love (Eds.), Systems thinking in museums: Theory and practice (pp. 229-233), Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.

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