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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 ...


“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.


Chicks With Sticks: Becoming A Business School Guerrilla Knitter, Brigitte Biehl, Noelia-Sarah Reynolds Jan 2018

Chicks With Sticks: Becoming A Business School Guerrilla Knitter, Brigitte Biehl, Noelia-Sarah Reynolds

Organizational Aesthetics

We do not report a tale of research success, but one of struggle. With yarn, space, gender, guerrilla resistance, aesthetics, narrations, and, finally, ethical approvals. The title of this editorial refers to female knitting practice and expresses a bottom up, self-ironic and maladjusted approach towards one’s own business school existence. We seek to encourage readers to try out new, arts-based forms of resistance at work, to bring in the aesthetics and the body when all words in the seemingly rational discourse fail.


States-Of-The-Arts In Organization & Leadership Practices That “Make Sense” – A Poly-Logue In Three Parts: Part I - Embodied Senses And Its Making In Organizations, Wendelin Kuepers Wk Oct 2017

States-Of-The-Arts In Organization & Leadership Practices That “Make Sense” – A Poly-Logue In Three Parts: Part I - Embodied Senses And Its Making In Organizations, Wendelin Kuepers Wk

Organizational Aesthetics

In the following you can listen into a dialogue between the phenomenologist Merleau-Ponty, other philosophers and authors as well as organization and leadership researchers and business practitioners as well as an artist. By listening to them you enter a conversational process of a con/ and diverging poly- and metalogue.

As a manifestation of a polyphonic practice, it offers an experimental and experiential forum, in which different voices do express ideas, arguments, and comments as well as where thoughts, but also affects and feelings or intuitive musings are emerging in an ongoing flow!

The focus of the first part will be ...


Embodied Work And Leadership In A Digital Age – What Can We Learn From Theatres?, Donatella De Paoli, Sigrid Røyseng, Grete Wennes Aug 2017

Embodied Work And Leadership In A Digital Age – What Can We Learn From Theatres?, Donatella De Paoli, Sigrid Røyseng, Grete Wennes

Organizational Aesthetics

In this article, we seek inspiration from the performative theatre arts to better understand creative work and leadership in a digital age. Theatre artists work and lead creative processes toward theatre performances without any digital distractions. Theatres are a physical manifestation of art. The aesthetic and embodied creative work and leadership is essential for a play that engages and touches the audience. While theories and research about embodied leadership scarcely address digitalization or technology, research about digital and virtual leadership oversees the importance of embodied processes and leadership. Through insight acquired by interviewing theatre directors, we describe how these creative ...


Review Of “The Age Of Loneliness”, Carol H. Sawyer Jul 2017

Review Of “The Age Of Loneliness”, Carol H. Sawyer

Organizational Aesthetics

The playwright has skillfully brought together a number of theories from a variety of disciplines: economics, history, theology, politics, sociology, popular culture. The play personifies theory into characters who engage, conflict with one another and interact principally through sparring conversation. We have been provided a platform that brings the reader/audience into that conversation and into compelling thoughts centered on the clash of values and perspectives — inevitable power struggles. And he has done so in a way that includes humor and the occasional reference to current social issues that will first surprise and then connect with diverse audiences.


The Age Of Loneliness, Steven S. Taylor Jul 2017

The Age Of Loneliness, Steven S. Taylor

Organizational Aesthetics

In The Age of Loneliness, June, a young playwright struggles with what comes after her success with her play, The Adventures of Yahweh and Kapital (seen previously in, The Invisible Foot). Can Yahweh and Kapital get along, what sort of relationship will they have, can they survive in a post-growth world, should she even keep writing the play? If this truly is the end of the neo-liberal consensus, what comes next? Can an omnipotent, immortal die?


Guerilla Knitting: An Emerging Approach To Organize A Museum Project, Kristina Ahmas, Niina J. Koivunen Jun 2017

Guerilla Knitting: An Emerging Approach To Organize A Museum Project, Kristina Ahmas, Niina J. Koivunen

Organizational Aesthetics

Many studies have reported the beneficial influences of various artistic methods on organizational processes, culture, and learning. This paper connects to those findings by presenting an empirical case study of a situation in which a special form of handicraft, guerilla knitting or yarn bombing, was used in a museum organization to facilitate the planning and implementation of an exhibition project. The idea of knitting was suggested by one of the museum experts and accepted and facilitated by the museum manager. The emerging nature of guerilla knitting is of particular importance since most artistic methods are introduced by the management. The ...


Playing With Clay: Art Video As Documentary, As Story, And As Satire, Lawrence J. Lad Apr 2017

Playing With Clay: Art Video As Documentary, As Story, And As Satire, Lawrence J. Lad

Organizational Aesthetics

The AoMO conference in Bled, Slovenia in early September, 2016 engaged attendees through a variety of unique experiences. In addition to traditional academic conference paper presentations, participants relished Slovenian dinners in a town square and a castle, watched an artist in residence crafting a chair from indigenous materials from the local countryside, were treated to a poetry slam, were captivated by an address by a Sarajevo based artistic director sharing reflections on producing a play during the early 90s occupation, heard a music/leadership performance while sitting within the orchestra, watched a play about capitalism, took part in morning stretch ...


The Chair: An Interview With Emmanuel Guy (Photographs By Steve Leroux), Steven S. Taylor Apr 2017

The Chair: An Interview With Emmanuel Guy (Photographs By Steve Leroux), Steven S. Taylor

Organizational Aesthetics

Emmanuel Guy was selected as the inaugural Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence for the Art of Management and Organization conference in Bled in 2016. Over the course of the conference, Emmanuel set up shop on the terrace where the conference attendees took their breaks and built a chair. Included here are pictures of the finished chair and an interview with Emmanuel about the process.


Reviewing In-(Ter)Ventions In A Maturing Field, Wendelin Kuepers Wk Jan 2017

Reviewing In-(Ter)Ventions In A Maturing Field, Wendelin Kuepers Wk

Organizational Aesthetics

Overall, this certainly mature and sophisticated as much as unusual book offers an exemplarily and esteemed overview of the state-of-the-art of the field of artistic intervention in relation to organisation and business in particular. As such, it provides a broad range of understandings and insights into where the field stands and what it offers, conceptually, methodologically and empirically. All of its authors display an admirable courage and tenacity and the book marks a significant advance in thinking and re-thinking about artistic intervention.


Can Thinking Like An Artist Increase Business Success?, Ralph M. Kerle Jan 2017

Can Thinking Like An Artist Increase Business Success?, Ralph M. Kerle

Organizational Aesthetics

The book consists of 50 mostly one page essays of what Stone surmises is the thinking behind a visual artist's practice, written in the form of modern day parables. Divided into 6 themes – Projecting Like An Artist; Mastering Applied Art; Eyeing the Mind, Minding the Eye; Mirroring Geniuses; Exploiting the Everyday and Venturing Where Only Artists Go, each parable is accompanied by a visual image (a painting – other times a photograph, sometimes both) the author has carefully chosen as a provocation to illustrate the text in the parable and the book's overarching theme of “artful business”.


Seeing Differently: Welcome To My Ocd World, Steven S. Taylor Jan 2017

Seeing Differently: Welcome To My Ocd World, Steven S. Taylor

Organizational Aesthetics

My STEM students have a way of making sense of the world that is based in the primacy of rational analytic thinking, and is in often dominated by a hidden model of the world that is based in static equilibrium models – a Newtonian physics understanding of the world if you will. However, the social world tends to behave more like over-determined, context-dependent, dynamical (non-linear, & adaptive) systems. When the very rational analytic thinker applies their tacit assumptions about how systems work, they tend to be very disappointed because their models are wrong and over-determined, context-dependent, dynamical (OCD) systems don't behave ...


Pla Effectiveness In Wpi Calculus Courses: Can A Weekly Meeting Help?, Julia Gavelek, Nikki Goldman, Julia Rivelli, Alexis Varada Jan 2017

Pla Effectiveness In Wpi Calculus Courses: Can A Weekly Meeting Help?, Julia Gavelek, Nikki Goldman, Julia Rivelli, Alexis Varada

Great Problems Seminar Posters (All Posters, All Years)

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Screw Fossil Fuels, Avery Ingegneri, Hannah Mikkila, Stephanie Salerno, Markus Zimmerman Jan 2017

Screw Fossil Fuels, Avery Ingegneri, Hannah Mikkila, Stephanie Salerno, Markus Zimmerman

Great Problems Seminar Posters (All Posters, All Years)

Poster Presentation, Judge’s Winner (2017)


Microgrids: Electrical Independence At Wpi, Guy Katz, Ethan Merrill, Eric Solorzano, Ilana Zeldin Jan 2017

Microgrids: Electrical Independence At Wpi, Guy Katz, Ethan Merrill, Eric Solorzano, Ilana Zeldin

Great Problems Seminar Posters (All Posters, All Years)

Poster Presentation, Judge’s Winner (2017)


The Concept Of Atmosphere In Management And Organization Studies, Christian Julmi Dec 2016

The Concept Of Atmosphere In Management And Organization Studies, Christian Julmi

Organizational Aesthetics

Despite a growing interest in atmospheric phenomena within management and organization studies, a distinct line of research on atmospheres can hardly be identified. The present article reviews existing concepts of atmosphere in management and organization studies to promote a common understanding of how to conceptualize atmospheres. On the uppermost level, dualistic and non-dualistic concepts of atmosphere are distinguished. This article shows that non-dualistic conceptions are more appropriate for researching atmospheres than dualistic conceptions, but still need further development. In case of this paper, it is shown that considering the socialites of atmospheres is especially important to foster such a development ...


The Pursuit Of Excellence: A Commentary, Dennis Tourish Professor Sep 2016

The Pursuit Of Excellence: A Commentary, Dennis Tourish Professor

Organizational Aesthetics

This paper shares a profound conclusion with us, namely that we’re fucked. We are drowning in trivia, smothered by jargon, we write for no reason other than to boost our CVs, we avoid important issues, we only read papers when we need a citation for our own work, and even then we mostly just read the abstract and conclusion. This, you understand, is a best case scenario. Plenty of times we just cut and paste references without even looking at the source material. I strongly suspect that many people who cite Foucault haven’t gotten beyond the entry for ...


The Pursuit Of Excellence: A Letter From The Editor, Chris Grey Sep 2016

The Pursuit Of Excellence: A Letter From The Editor, Chris Grey

Organizational Aesthetics

Thank you for submitting your paper “The Pursuit of Excellence: Can Academics Join the Dots?” to this journal. I have been assigned as your handling editor and look forward to working with you. I have read the paper very carefully myself, as well as the comments of the two reviewers who you kindly commissioned. My overall decision is to invite you to revise and resubmit the paper but I should emphasise that this will be an extraordinarily high risk revision. Please understand that this is much more of a risk than even a very high risk revision, and certainly riskier ...


The Pursuit Of Excellence: Can Academics Join The Dots, Damian William Ruth, Suze Wilson Dr, Ozan Alakavuklar Sep 2016

The Pursuit Of Excellence: Can Academics Join The Dots, Damian William Ruth, Suze Wilson Dr, Ozan Alakavuklar

Organizational Aesthetics

ABSTRACT

The attached is a non-traditional seriously playful aesthetic (at least we claim it is) contribution to the debate on audit regimes allied to expectations of excellence. The departure point is the link between the research by Nick Butler and Sverre Spoelstra on academics’ views of how they ‘cope’ with such demands and reports of increasing mental illness among academics.

The presentation is intended to provoke reflection on form and content. And here we note how difficult it has been to sustain our chosen form in the face of the online forms for submission to Organizational Aesthetics – of course. It ...


Life In Noah’S Ark: Using Animal Figures As An Arts-Based Projective Technique In Group Work To Enhance Leadership Competence, Cecilie Meltzer Jul 2016

Life In Noah’S Ark: Using Animal Figures As An Arts-Based Projective Technique In Group Work To Enhance Leadership Competence, Cecilie Meltzer

Organizational Aesthetics

Arts-based learning, a playful method for new insights and self-understanding, can be a tool by which leaders can develop better competence to meet individual and group challenges in working life. This article breaks new ground in reporting specifically on how identification with animal figures in a group setting can develop leaders’ competence, offering a combined group and individual account of the same process. The aim is twofold: (1) Share the method and its implications in order to provide practical guidelines for those who wish to expand their use of arts-based methods in education and working life. (2) Present results from ...


Book Review Of Leading Beautifully: Educational Leadership As Connoisseurship (2016) By Fenwick W. English And Lisa Catherine Ehrich, Cathryn Lloyd Jul 2016

Book Review Of Leading Beautifully: Educational Leadership As Connoisseurship (2016) By Fenwick W. English And Lisa Catherine Ehrich, Cathryn Lloyd

Organizational Aesthetics

Inevitably there are counter beliefs, along with provocative and worthwhile discussions, and rightly so. When bold statements and claims are made that something has value, or is good for us, questions need to be asked. Who is it good for? Who decides? In the case of the arts and humanities can we place the same value on how we experience an art object, a piece of music or theatre, a literary masterpiece, or a particular philosophy? (Carey 2006); and is it possible to claim that there is value in exposing educational leaders to the arts and humanities, to enable them ...


Book Review On "The Myth Of Themanus...." By C. M. Conroy, Clare O'Callaghan A/Prof May 2016

Book Review On "The Myth Of Themanus...." By C. M. Conroy, Clare O'Callaghan A/Prof

Organizational Aesthetics

The Myth of Themanus presents workplace conversations amongst staff members from all levels of the “Olive Groove” company hierarchy which explain and challenge rationales for how staff regard and treat each other. The work primarily narrates the story of newly appointed manager Themanus, poached from the “Totally Stuffed Olives” company to manage and improve “Olive Grooves’” production. Themanus embodies dichotomous “them-and-us” relationships evident in modern workplaces characterised by questionably effective leadership programs and poor staff morale, related to perceived individual self-serving interests across organisational ranks. Team Leader, Serendipitus, demonstrates wisdom and grace by helping Themanus to reconsider his dictatorial ways ...


Managers' Identity Construction At Work: Artistic Interventions As Triggers For Identity Work, Katarina Zambrell Mar 2016

Managers' Identity Construction At Work: Artistic Interventions As Triggers For Identity Work, Katarina Zambrell

Organizational Aesthetics

Abstract

Many scholars discuss how experiences from work are an important source for the construction of the personal identity. In this paper the various contextual dimensions at work that influence identity construction, are discussed. The empirical data consists of interviews with 33 Swedish managers with experiences in bringing arts into business. These, so called artistic interventions, are a growing phenomenon mainly initiated by managers. The findings are twofold: First to identify and describe a typology of five identity-related dimensions in the work context (built on Zambrell, 2004), dimensions that emerge in managers’ expressed experiences, both from work in general and ...


The Aesthetics Of Applied Theatre: An Interview, Fabian Lempa, Kamila Lewandowska Jan 2016

The Aesthetics Of Applied Theatre: An Interview, Fabian Lempa, Kamila Lewandowska

Organizational Aesthetics

Interview with Fabian Lempa, Research Associate in the ERC project “The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre” at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), about applied theatre interventions in and for companies. Conducted by Kamila Lewandowska, Assistant Professor at Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw (Poland)


Designing Consent: Can Design Thinking Manufacture Democratic Capitalism?, Otto Von Busch, Karl Palmås Jan 2016

Designing Consent: Can Design Thinking Manufacture Democratic Capitalism?, Otto Von Busch, Karl Palmås

Organizational Aesthetics

This article interrogates the proposition, recently put forward by design thinking advocates Tim Brown and Roger Martin, that democratic capitalism needs design thinking. More specifically, it assesses three problematics that emerge when design thinking moves from corporate settings to the public sphere of democratic deliberation. The text thus discusses the potential for design thinking to be used as a tool for the exercise of cybernetic control in the context of a mounting dissent with social injustice, and the extent to which it may be deployed as a means to “guide” democracy. Furthermore, it posits that the expectations placed on design ...