Change, Transform, and React: 718 Days as the Director-General of National Science and Technology Museum
Dr. Hong-Sen Yan is a NCKU Chair Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). He was seconded from NCKU to take up the position of the third Director-General of the National Science and Technology Museum (NSTM) in Kaohsiung from May 29, 2002 through May 18, 2004, 718 days in total.
Among the directors and chiefs and of domestic social education institutions and museums over the past decades, Dr. Yan is the first and only one to write a book about his journey as the NSTM Director-General. This book falls into four parts, namely, Fundamentals, Innovation, Administration, and Afterword. “Part I：Fundamentals” introduces NSTM’s background and the Director-General’s governance philosophy, stories to become and step-down the position as the Director-General, transformation strategy, and implementation measures. “ Part II：Innovation” is about the process to transform NSTM from a science center characteristics to a comprehensive science and technology museum and, with limited and restricted official budgets, how to fight for external resources, turn the plight into life, transform and recreate. Issues such as work plans, performance bonus, on-the-job training and part-time job, personnel complaints, appeals to performance appraisal, visitor’s feedback, and blackmails are discussed in “ Part III：Administration”, together with the principles and measures to face, understand, and solve these issues. In “ Part IV：Afterword”, Dr. Yan shares his experience and conclusion, the reason and philosophy to donate his lock collection, and the puzzle and misery of his unexpected administration career.
This book is expected to be helpful for present and future directors and chiefs of social education institutions and museums in Taiwan.