Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

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Alex Turrini

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Alex Turrini

Chair and Professor, Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Dr. Alex Turrini (Ph.D. in management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy) is chair of the SMU Meadows Division of Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship as well as visiting professor of arts management and cultural policy at SMU Meadows and Cox School of Business.

Previously, he was faculty director of the Government, Health and Not for Profit Division at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, and director of the Arts and Cultural Management Master of Science program at Bocconi University. Tenured as professor in arts policy and in management at Bocconi University, he carried forward several research, training and consulting projects with different national and international public sector organizations involved in the arts.

His research activities center on two main areas. The first area focuses on public policies and management in the arts and cultural sector, the second on public sector leadership and change.

Turrini is the author of numerous books and papers on these topics. His works have been published in International Journal of Arts Management;Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society; International Journal of Cultural Policy; Public Administration Review; and American Behavioral Scientist,among others. He serves as reviewer of some national and international journals and is associate editor in management for the International Journal of Arts Management. Turrini earned both his Laurea degree and his Ph.D. in management from Bocconi University.

Among other appointments, he has been visiting research associate at Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Richard Wagner School of Public Service, New York City; Research Centre for Social Innovation, Heidelberg University, Germany; and SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France. In 2017 he received an executive coaching certification from Teachers College, Columbia University’s Columbia Coaching Certification program.


Fundraising in the Arts, AMAE 6223

Advanced Fundraising in the Arts, AMAE 6224

Fundraising in the Arts, IAM 6354

Selected Publications

Cancellieri, G., & Turrini, A. (2018). How God and King Affect our Musical Tastes: Shedding Light on Religiosity and Political Interest as Predictors of Omnivorousness. International Journal of Arts Management(forthcoming)

Ricciuti, E., & Turrini, A. (2018). Foundations in Italy: What Roles and Challenges? American Behavioral Scientist(forthcoming)

Turrini, A., & Valotti, G. (2016). Public Management Reforms in Italy: A Renaissance Revival? Public Administration Review, 76(3), 393-393. doi:10.1111/puar.12560

Cancellieri, G., & Turrini, A. (2016). The Phantom of Modern Opera: How Economics and Politics Affect Opera Houses’ Programming Strategies,” International Journal of Arts Management, 18, 25-36

Orazi, D. C., Turrini, A., & Valotti, G. (2013). Public sector leadership: New perspectives for research and practice. International Review of Administrative Sciences, 79(3), 486-504. doi:10.1177/0020852313489945

Turrini, A., Soscia, I., & Maulini, A. (2012). Web communication can help theaters attract and keep younger audiences. International Journal of Cultural Policy,18(4), 474-485. doi:10.1080/10286632.2011.625420

Turrini, A., & Irigoyen, J. M. (2010). From Pioneers to Partners? Arts and Cultural Policies and the Third Sector in Italy. Third Sector Organizations Facing Turbulent Environments, 89-107. doi:10.5771/9783845223698-89

Turrini, A., Ohare, M., & Borgonovi, F. (2008). The Border Conflict between the Present and the Past: Programming Classical Music and Opera. The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, 38(1), 71-88. doi:10.3200/jaml.38.1.71-88

Turrini A. (2006). Measuring Audience Addiction to Arts: The Case of an Italian Theatre. International Journal of Arts Management, 8(3), 43-53

Areas of Study



Art History

Arts Management and Arts Entrepreneurship

Undergraduate Studies

Graduate Studies

Classes (See Catalog)

Faculty and Staff


Entrepreneurship at Meadows

National Center for Arts Research




Arts Entrepreneurship Resources

Corporate Communication and Public Affairs

Creative Computation


Film and Media Arts