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The Aesthetics of Organization

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280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Organizational aesthetics, both as a body of theory and a method of inquiry, is a rapidly expanding area of the organizational sciences. The Aesthetics of Organization accessibly draws key contributions delineating the emerging parameters of the field. It explains the significance of concepts devised by postmodern thinkers, through which emerge meaning and order in organizations. Methodological problems associated with investigations of the aesthetic are also highlighted so the reader can identify and understand the importance of recent ideas on vision, perspective and periphery for learning in organizations. Through the contributions of leading international theorists, organizational aesthetics is defined in greater historical and theoretical depth, with a broad conceptual and practical range which academics will find invaluable.
 
PART ONE: AESTHETIC THEORY
Antonio Strati
The Aesthetic Approach in Organization Studies
Pierre Guillet de Monthoux
The Art Management of Aesthetic Organizing
 
PART TWO: AESTHETIC PROCESSES
Stephen Linstead
Ashes and Madness
The Play of Negativity and the Poetics of Organization

 
Heather H[um]opfl
The Aesthetics of Reticence
Collections and Recollections

 
 
PART THREE: AESTHETICS AND MODES OF ANALYSIS
Brian Rusted
`Cutting a Show'
Grounded Aesthetics and Entertainment Organizations

 
David Silverman
Routine Pleasures
The Aesthetics of the Mundane

 
 
PART FOUR: CRAFTING AN AESTHETIC
Hugo Letiche
Observer Versus Audience
Pippa Carter and Norman Jackson
An-Aesthetics
 
PART FIVE: AESTHETICS, ETHICS AND IDENTITY
Harro H[um]opfl
`Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re'
Appearance, Reality and the Early Jesuits

 
Stephen Cummings
Resurfacing an Aesthetics of Existence as an Alternative to Business Ethics
 
PART SIX: RADICAL AESTHETICS AND CHANGE
Frank J Barrett
Cultivating an Aesthetic of Unfolding
Jazz Improvisation of a Self-organizing System

 
Stewart Clegg
The Rhythm of the Saints
Cultural Resistance, Popular Music and Collectivist Organization in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil

 

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Stephen Andrew Linstead

My background includes undergraduate and Masters degrees in English Literature from the universities of Keele and Leeds , and a further Masters in Organization Development and PhD from what is now Sheffield Hallam University . More recently I was awarded a D.LItt from Durham University . I have held Chairs in Wollongong (NSW), Sunderland . Essex and Durham before moving to York . I also spent 2 years as a Visting Scholar at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. More About Author

Heather J. Höpfl

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