silos; Disney up

Gregory {Greg} Downing gd2 at IS2.NYU.EDU
Fri Jul 9 20:31:04 UTC 1999

The following para. comes from an article on recent personnel changes at the
Boston Museum of Fine Arts (Boston Globe, 7/9/99, p. D1). For the whole
article, see the URL

"In the past, you used to have strong silos that didn't speak to each other,
and curatorial was king," said David Bradford, a lecturer at Stanford
University's Graduate School of Business who specializes in the
organizational behavior at museums. "But museums today are managing
tensions. They need to attract the public and have exhibitions that are of
high quality, and one of the fears is that Rogers is going to `Disney up'
the place."

"Silos" (not in OED2 in this sense) seems to mean "rigid hierarchical

"Disney up" is pretty transparent -- but is it fairly well known, or is it a
hapax legomenon?

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing at or gd2 at

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