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It Takes Three To Tango: Revisiting Paradox Management In Art And Culture Organizations, Tamar Sagiv, Orly Yeheskel May 2020

It Takes Three To Tango: Revisiting Paradox Management In Art And Culture Organizations, Tamar Sagiv, Orly Yeheskel

Organizational Aesthetics

The growing interest in creative industries research on the tension between the production of economic value and the production of symbolic value and its application in art and culture management has provided an interesting identification of different dilemmas, but not the practices that CEOs of art and culture organizations use to deal with the dilemmas. Our analysis of in-depth interviews with CEOs of successful, longstanding art and culture organizations in Israel extends theory on art and culture management by highlighting a Three-to Tango management model. According to the CEOs, there are three basic functions that are essential to address the ...


Ancient Myths And Modern Smes, Esther Eidinow, Katharina Lorenz Apr 2020

Ancient Myths And Modern Smes, Esther Eidinow, Katharina Lorenz

Organizational Aesthetics

The myths of the ancient world still resonate in modern minds; mythic figures and the stories that describe them still speak to us, often at an implicit, even subconscious, level. That valence, this paper argues, indicates that ancient myth stories and their characters have significant value for other modern, everyday activities, including not only the more obvious areas of popular film and writing or propaganda and PR, but also more everyday business processes and organisational planning. This study demonstrates how this might be achieved by describing the research activities and findings of a project run by the authors, which employed ...


Staging Identities And Multiplied Dialogic Spaces In Higher Education, Tatiana Chemi, Kristian Firing Apr 2020

Staging Identities And Multiplied Dialogic Spaces In Higher Education, Tatiana Chemi, Kristian Firing

Organizational Aesthetics

In this paper, we address the topic of dialogic pedagogy in a performative key. No place cultivates dialogue in all its complexity as theatre: here all elements are always, necessarily in relational conversation with each other. This dialogue is of a unique kind: theatre performs dialogic processes as embodied exchanges between humans, non-humans (props, costumes, scenography, sounds) and imagined-humans (characters). We look at embodied/relational theatrical practices in two different contexts in higher education, with the purpose to collect new insights on the practical and conceptual role of performance in education. Our objective is the exploration of the stage experience ...


Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation, Michelle Lebaron, Nadja M. Alexander Feb 2020

Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation, Michelle Lebaron, Nadja M. Alexander

Organizational Aesthetics

In this paper we explore the alchemical possibilities of aesthetics in transforming organizational performance. We ground our discussion in an exploration of how four alchemical elements – earth, water, air and fire – identified in the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, can catalyse transformation. Inspired by Jung, we examine how these elements help us to better build awareness — of ourselves, of others in teams and work groups, and of untapped potential in organizational contexts. By developing greater awareness of aesthetics and their alchemical potential, leaders can better navigate the emergent and complex workings of organizational transformation processes, whether change is the ...


Organising The Illumination Of The Filmmaking Process: The Experimental Contribution Of The Five Obstructions, Matteo Ciccognani Feb 2020

Organising The Illumination Of The Filmmaking Process: The Experimental Contribution Of The Five Obstructions, Matteo Ciccognani

Organizational Aesthetics

The paper analyses The Five Obstructions (Von Trier, Leth, 2003) a productionist metafilm that illuminates film production organisational process. A productionist metafilm is a reflexive work which expands on the processual dimension of filmmaking to the extent that the frontstage of production might be said to coincide, or tend to coincide, with its own backstage. In such a way, it provides a favourable observation spot of the filmmaking process over some of its material components of production and the role of authors and practitioners. Specifically, The Five Obstructions provides an organisational model of filmmaking which exceeds the canonical representations of ...


Transforming With Organisations: Play And Playmaking In Participatory Enquiry, Leny Woolsey Feb 2020

Transforming With Organisations: Play And Playmaking In Participatory Enquiry, Leny Woolsey

Organizational Aesthetics

This paper challenges the view of transformation in organisations as a discrete activity with pre-determinable outcomes. Instead, drawing from the dramaturgical perspective, it is suggested transformation, including organisational development, might be better understood as an ongoing series of open-ended dialogic performances filled with ambiguity. Using a selection of ethnodramatic data generated in a collaborative research partnership with a supplier to the New Zealand construction trade, this paper offers a new participatory methodology, organisational playmaking, for both researching and enacting organisational transformation. It responds to calls for empirical research into the “how” of development by drawing out connections between theatre, organisational ...


Writing About Practice, Cathryn Lloyd Dr, Geof Hill Feb 2020

Writing About Practice, Cathryn Lloyd Dr, Geof Hill

Organizational Aesthetics

The series of papers included in this special edition of Organizational Aesthetics introduce a practitioner’s perspective on arts-based aesthetic interventions into organisational inquiry. Approaching the task of firstly co-chairing a stream at the 2018 Brighton AoMO conference and now co-editing an edition of Organizational Aesthetics, we have experienced the feeling of “bit by bit putting it together”. It is a case of making small inroads that together build up to become a movement or a trend, or even the substance of a “turn”.


Aesthetics And Connection, Steven S. Taylor Jan 2020

Aesthetics And Connection, Steven S. Taylor

Organizational Aesthetics

Some fifteen years ago, Hans Hansen and I offered four ways that aesthetics was conceptualized within the field of organizational aesthetics, as epistemology, connection, criteria for judgements, and categories (Taylor & Hansen, 2005). In the decade and half since then, I have become more and more interested in the idea of aesthetics as connection, even as it also seems to me that the field has explored that idea the least of the four conceptions. During that same time, a variety of voices have started to speak of a lack of connection as the underlying crisis of all the rest of the ...


Roping Things Together: A Response To Willems And Warren, Martin Parker Jan 2020

Roping Things Together: A Response To Willems And Warren, Martin Parker

Organizational Aesthetics

I never wear my lanyard. A crap photo over company colours with logo and a rainbow stripe fabric cord that shows how progressive we are. Losers wear them. It’s like wearing a sandwich board that announces that you are a corporate kiss-ass who just loves your boss and would cross picket lines to give 110% customer satisfaction. You might as well tattoo your employers’ strapline on your forehead. I’m too cool to wear a lanyard, even if it means that I have to reach into my wallet in order to get into a building when it would be ...


Presenting Whilst Retreating In The Age Of The Corporate Lanyard, Simon Willems, Samantha Warren Jan 2020

Presenting Whilst Retreating In The Age Of The Corporate Lanyard, Simon Willems, Samantha Warren

Organizational Aesthetics

It seems a little curious, that until recently, most of us hadn’t even heard of the word lanyard, let alone knew what it meant or where it came from, given its ubiquitous presence in our daily lives. Rooted in 15th century maritime history, lanyard derives from the French word lanière, meaning strap or thong, which was made from scraps of rope on board ships, presenting a hands-free solution to working on a vessel, whilst keeping weapons close at hand. It is from this utility, as an attachment, that the history of lanyards is largely a military one, gracing ...


Conversations About Everything, Kim Judge, Pawel Tomaszewski, Mark B N Ingham Dr Sep 2019

Conversations About Everything, Kim Judge, Pawel Tomaszewski, Mark B N Ingham Dr

Organizational Aesthetics

Conversations about Everything is based on a three way conversation about a performative educational project called Mapping Strange Assemblages. This was a part of UAL/London College of Communication‘s contribution the 2018 London Design Festival and the Design School’s Public Programme. It rhizomatically maps out the interventions by a group of students and alumni who where named the Band of Animateurs (BOAs). As an assemblages it attempts to create a visual and narrative affect that mirrored the performances during the Exhibition, Everything Happens So Much’.


Design School Propositions Re-Draft, Tobias Revell Sep 2019

Design School Propositions Re-Draft, Tobias Revell

Organizational Aesthetics

The design manifesto has a long history[1] next to those of the artists and political moments with which they have been associated. Despite the changing forms of practice, technologies and platforms in which designers are active, manifestoes still find an important role in new and varied ways[2]. Manifestoes will most often reflect the political and organizational tendencies of those that created them and the establishing and codifying the direction and responsibilities of the Design School at the London College of Communication went through several modes of articulation before its unveiling at London Design Festival 2018.


Lcc Design School: Archiving Pedagogy, Craig Burston, Nela Milic Sep 2019

Lcc Design School: Archiving Pedagogy, Craig Burston, Nela Milic

Organizational Aesthetics

In this article, we will be exploring the impact of London College of Communication (LCC) teaching, research and practice on the legacy of Design School’s undergraduate courses using the example of one item: David Bowie’s – Low album on the format of 8 track cassette. By unpacking the work with the object as a text, practice and tool, we are questioning what are Art Schools for, especially exploring how our practices of collecting, research and pedagogy shape our organisational aesthetic at LCC. For that purpose, we use London Design Festival’s (LDF) contribution of the Low album to the ...


Design School Manifesto, Design School Staff Sep 2019

Design School Manifesto, Design School Staff

Organizational Aesthetics

Design School Manifesto


Becoming, Nicky Ryan Sep 2019

Becoming, Nicky Ryan

Organizational Aesthetics

Over recent decades, Universities and Design Schools as part of those institutions, have responded to rapid external change by radically transforming and re-inventing their principles, policies and practices in order to better reflect the global social and environmental challenges of our age. As academics we are citizens who enjoy the huge privilege of being able to educate and inspire future generations through our teaching and research. As such we have a duty to explore how we can change the networks, organisations and institutions in which we are embedded to bring about a more equitable and sustainable society. Big data, climate ...


Special Issue Preface, Monica Biagioli, Silvia Grimaldi, Nela Milic Sep 2019

Special Issue Preface, Monica Biagioli, Silvia Grimaldi, Nela Milic

Organizational Aesthetics

This special issue brings together work produced for the London Design Festival (LDF) by researchers at the Design School at London College of Communication within the University of the Arts London, UK.


Co-Producing Community And Individual Change Through Theatrical Interventions, Helen A. Millward, Mihaela L. Kelemen, Anita M. L. Mangan Jun 2019

Co-Producing Community And Individual Change Through Theatrical Interventions, Helen A. Millward, Mihaela L. Kelemen, Anita M. L. Mangan

Organizational Aesthetics

This article sheds light on the role of co-produced creative methods in creating change, with particular reference to marginalized communities and taboo topics. In doing so, the paper offers a vignette of a day-long theatrical outreach event exploring the topic of female genital mutilation (FGM). Our paper offers discussion of how creative methods can facilitate individual and collective change surrounding taboo topics, such as FGM, rather than the often discussed relationship between creative methods and organizational change. Furthermore, we suggest that co-produced creative methods are beneficial in providing communities with opportunities to approach taboo societal issues in new and inclusive ...


Creativity, Communication And Leadership Through Narrative: Review Of The Story Cookbook: Practical Recipes For Change By Andrew Rixon And Cathryn Lloyd. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2019., Martha Bull Jun 2019

Creativity, Communication And Leadership Through Narrative: Review Of The Story Cookbook: Practical Recipes For Change By Andrew Rixon And Cathryn Lloyd. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2019., Martha Bull

Organizational Aesthetics

As an actor-turned-university-acting-teacher, I’ve participated in and led my fair share of theater and improvisation games. When I facilitate theater-based work for non-theater folks, I begin by spelling out how theater games will boost collaboration and creativity, develop individual soft skills and leadership competencies, and improve group dynamics. In other words, I articulate my relevance. The Story Cookbook: Practical Recipes for Change, a wonderfully digestible beginner’s guide to facilitating story-based applied theater and improvisation games in corporate settings, begins in the same way, by explaining the importance of narrative in communication, mutual understanding, collaboration, and leadership. I regret ...


“The Real Affects Of Change”: A Review, Paula Serafini Apr 2019

“The Real Affects Of Change”: A Review, Paula Serafini

Organizational Aesthetics

The twelve sculptures that make up this work point to the human costs of mergers. In visualising the affective effects of mergers, the sculptures invite us to cast a different view, one focused on how these effects are embodied by the individual worker.

Affects are positive or negative investments that we have toward people, but also ideas, things and places (Goodwin et al. 2004:418). It is through affects that we often relate to others. Affect, as emotions, are embodied because “they entail some combination of sensation, behaviour and disposition” and involve “an articulation of bodily activity and worldly social ...


“The Real Affects Of Change”: A Review, Jonathan P. Vickery Dr Apr 2019

“The Real Affects Of Change”: A Review, Jonathan P. Vickery Dr

Organizational Aesthetics

The subject of this project is organizational mergers – portrayed in terms of human experience (not the management, financial and organisational processes that we normally observe, and have endlessly explained to us, as the three categories of merger). Human experience in toto, of course, is not a stable object of inquiry, or if it is, it only becomes “stable” (open for scrutiny) through the imposition of scientific procedures of theoretical dissection and analytical methods. Yet, there remains the question – what about human experience as “a whole” or “as such”? What about that huge world of near-existential feeling that suddenly opens up ...


The Real Affects Of Change, Vikki M. Roadley, Janet G. Sayers, Ralph Bathurst Apr 2019

The Real Affects Of Change, Vikki M. Roadley, Janet G. Sayers, Ralph Bathurst

Organizational Aesthetics

Twelve sculptured faces articulate the impacts on locals when they experienced the merging of tertiary educational institutions of which they were staff members. The surreal images depicted in the photographs reveal the emotional, or “affective” responses, to the changes that were imposed on members of organisations, and the narratives that they constructed to make sense of the mergers. Central government initiatives based on a “bigger is better” mantra drove the need to offer relevant and cost-effective courses. However, little attention was paid to the needs of local staff who were mandated to enact the structural changes. The sculptures tell their ...


Our Father, Twenty Years On: Review Of: Organizational Theory And Aesthetic Philosophies By Antonio Strati. Routledge 2019., Steven S. Taylor Apr 2019

Our Father, Twenty Years On: Review Of: Organizational Theory And Aesthetic Philosophies By Antonio Strati. Routledge 2019., Steven S. Taylor

Organizational Aesthetics

I think of Antonio Strati as the father of Organizational Aesthetics. Although I am sure, he would say that he was just one of many who created the field in the 1990s, I look to his 1999 book Organization and Aesthetics as the foundational work. Or if I am to take a particularly American focus, I might point to his 1992 article in the Academy of Management Review as the foundational work. This feeling shows up in my insistence that every cover image of this journal includes a chair – an homage to the riddle that Antonio starts Organization and Aesthetics ...


Research In The Guts: Review Of: Therapy, Stand-Up, And The Gesture Of Writing By Jonathan Wyatt. (Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives). Routledge 2019., Tatiana Chemi Mar 2019

Research In The Guts: Review Of: Therapy, Stand-Up, And The Gesture Of Writing By Jonathan Wyatt. (Writing Lives: Ethnographic Narratives). Routledge 2019., Tatiana Chemi

Organizational Aesthetics

If I should tell my colleagues what your book is about, or write a review about it (which I am not trying to do, clearly), I would say that this is a book about writing as inquiry and inquiry as transformational-dialogical event. It is about writing beyond text, through the inclusion of struggling bodies that can be poetic and funny as well. Cixous’ gesture is enacted, performed, laughed at, in the awareness that it is no laughing matter. It is a book about making research that is in the guts and hits us in the guts. Gently. Mercilessly. We call ...


Aesthetics, Emotions, And Logics, Steven S. Taylor Jan 2019

Aesthetics, Emotions, And Logics, Steven S. Taylor

Organizational Aesthetics

I have always liked the idea that our emotional response determined which of many possible logics we used in a given situation. It has face validity for me. And perhaps because I liked it, I never asked the next question – why do we have a particular emotional reaction in a given situation? I know that I am capable of having very different emotional reactions to very similar things and that others can have very different emotional reactions than I do to the very same thing. Why is that? What determines our choice (albeit unconscious and usually automatic in the same ...


Provenance: An Aesthetic Window For Investigating Professional Practice, Geof Hill Dr., Rommany Jenkins Nov 2018

Provenance: An Aesthetic Window For Investigating Professional Practice, Geof Hill Dr., Rommany Jenkins

Organizational Aesthetics

The study of professional practice is but one of many foci within Organisational inquiry. A discourse devoted to professional practice, currently typified by ideological critique along with interpretations of professionalism (Evetts, 2014), emerged in the early 20th century and evolved through different writing phases. The discourse predominantly identified literature informing professional practice investigation.

A feature of the professional practice discourse is its reference to “turns” or shifts in the ways in which professional practice inquiry is undertaken. In the 1980s, the “reflective turn” discussed the different tools and processes available for professionals to reflect on their practice. Later, in ...


“Learning Is Initiated By Interest”, Rannveig Björk Thorkelsdóttir Jul 2018

“Learning Is Initiated By Interest”, Rannveig Björk Thorkelsdóttir

Organizational Aesthetics

A Theatre Laboratory Approach to Pedagogy and Creativity: Odin Theatre and Group Learning explores the pedagogy of the theatre laboratory, focusing on the seminal theatre group Odin Theatre. The structure of the book is organised in thematic areas which appraise the theatre laboratory as a learning space, the actors as learners and educators, and the ensemble’s creative processes. In the concluding chapter (chap. 8) the author, Tatiana Chemi, outlines some findings from her research, envisaging possible applications in higher education settings, reflecting on third spaces (the in-between spaces), as well as examining critical approaches to education and pedagogy. In ...


“States-Of-The-Arts” In Organization & Leadership Practices: A Poly-Logue In Three Parts: Part Ii Status Of Art And Aesthetics In Organization And Leadership, Wendelin Kuepers Wk Apr 2018

“States-Of-The-Arts” In Organization & Leadership Practices: A Poly-Logue In Three Parts: Part Ii Status Of Art And Aesthetics In Organization And Leadership, Wendelin Kuepers Wk

Organizational Aesthetics

In the following, you can continue to listen and participate into a crossdisciplinary dia- or polylogue between different voices, and what they stand for, including philosophers, organizational and leadership scholars, practitioners and artists. In the same spirit as it has been alive in the first part, this experimental, polyphonic practice invites you to experience different expressions of ideas, arguments, values and critical responses, and with them also emerging affects and feelings or intuitive musings.

In terms of contents, this conversation will address the status of art and aesthetics in organization and leadership. There will be discussions about critical, utopian, and ...


Is This Choreography?: Choreographing Conditions For Innovative Practice In Everyday Work, Nina Bozic Yams, Dejan Srhoj Feb 2018

Is This Choreography?: Choreographing Conditions For Innovative Practice In Everyday Work, Nina Bozic Yams, Dejan Srhoj

Organizational Aesthetics

The article introduces some of the concepts from experimental contemporary dance and choreography, such as “body and materiality”, the “method of practice”, and “undoing everydayness”, that have not been addressed much in the “dance and organization” theory. It expands the application of dance methods from the predominant field of leadership practice towards the innovation management and development of innovative competence of employees in organizations. The concept of “body and materiality” suggests that employees could focus more on engaging the body and materiality when innovating in order to balance the external drivers of innovation (such as market trends, user needs, and ...


The Sunny Side Of Academia (In The Shadow Of Its Darkest Side), Tatiana Chemi Jan 2018

The Sunny Side Of Academia (In The Shadow Of Its Darkest Side), Tatiana Chemi

Organizational Aesthetics

Academia Obscura is more than a book. It is a knowledge and publishing project. As the publishing credits explain, this is part of a grassroots crowdfunding initiative. Unbound is a community founded by three writers who “believed there had to be a better deal for both writers and readers. On the Unbound website, authors share the ideas for the books they want to write directly with readers”. If enough support is collected from readers in advance pledges, Unbound will “produce a beautifully bound special subscribers’ edition and distribute a regular edition and ebook whenever the books are sold, in shops ...


Grotesque Leadership: The Aesthetics Of The “Mangled Apricot Hellbeast”, Steven S. Taylor Jan 2018

Grotesque Leadership: The Aesthetics Of The “Mangled Apricot Hellbeast”, Steven S. Taylor

Organizational Aesthetics

The grotesque is an aesthetic category, which is to say that it is a name we give to our immediate felt experience of something. In the same way that we might experience a sunset as beautiful or traffic as ugly, I experience Trump’s leadership as grotesque. Looking more broadly, Trump’s leadership is part of a larger trend in leadership that includes leaders such as Boris Johnson in the UK, Silvio Berlusconi in the Italy, and Vladimir Putin in Russia, and which I identify as grotesque leadership.