"Vi er Roskilde Festival" - medarbejderudvikling på Nordeuropas største kultur- og musikfestival

Katherine Sandbæk & Cecilie Engelhardt Lyng Johansen

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


This project is built on an observational study. Through a period of three months we follow an employee development course called Roskilde Leadership Lab (RLL) in the organization of Roskilde Festival (RF). RF is among the largest music festivals in Europa and has been running every summer for 48 years. The internal leadership lab has the intension of creating better team leaders for the festival. We are interested in how different logics of working life and management appear in this organization, that are mainly built on volunteer efforts. Through Luc Boltanskis (and others) theories on regimes and our observational study we draw the lines of a dominant logic of the Project Oriented regime, when it comes to management. But we also find that other regimes are dominant, when it comes to the practical issues the “employees” like to talk about. This management approach means that the employees’ needs are placed in and defined by logics provided by the facilitators at RLL, who focus on coaching and a person’s character and therefore seek to develop the employees by facilitating internal reflections and building upon their own narrative.

By using Critical Management Studies to shed light on those observations, we find that this type of management has a problematical potential for the individuals in the organization. This is primarily because the exercises focus on identity work, which in a large scale – and in this case very much – mix corporate values with the values of the individual. In fact, RLL becomes a very intrusive journey, that - in line with management logics of the 21 century - coaches, strengthens and supports the individual's personal qualities instead of professionalism. We are however, not convinced that this journey helps employees solve the more practical problems, that seem to be the greatest, most urgent and also ongoing in their work as volunteer team leaders in RF. The employees may already have the RF-values inside them; they already embody the networking mindset, that are key in the Project Oriented Regime (and at RF); but what they experience year after year is a non-transparent organization and lack of knowledge as to how to solve down-to-earth problems, which prevent them from really being visionary and providing the best working environment for their staff.

UddannelserArbejdslivsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato18 dec. 2018
VejlederePeter Hagedorn-Rasmussen


  • frivillig ledelse
  • Roskilde Festival
  • frivillige medarbejdere
  • projektregimet
  • critical management studies