From communism to market: business models and governance in heritage conservation in Poland

  • Sara Bonini BaraldiEmail author
  • Paolo Ferri


The paper focuses on the effect of business model and governance changes on conservation and access outcomes in three heritage sites in Poland: Ksiaz Castle, the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace Abbey and the Jelenia Gora Valley historic palaces. It argues that the interplay between business model and governance led by relevant political, administrative and economic changes has an impact on which historic buildings are conserved for future generations, in what form, and with which functions. Findings from the case studies allow us to design three ideal business models for the management of heritage sites. The paper also explores implications for management research regarding business model and public sector change.


Governance Business model Heritage conservation Poland Decentralization 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and PlanningUniversity and Polytechnic School of TurinTurinItaly
  2. 2.Department of ManagementUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly

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