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
The Aesthetic Approach in Organization Studies
Pierre Guillet de Monthoux
The Art Management of Aesthetic Organizing
PART TWO: AESTHETIC PROCESSES
Ashes and Madness
The Aesthetics of Reticence
PART THREE: AESTHETICS AND MODES OF ANALYSIS
`Cutting a Show'
PART FOUR: CRAFTING AN AESTHETIC
Observer Versus Audience
Pippa Carter and Norman Jackson
PART FIVE: AESTHETICS, ETHICS AND IDENTITY
`Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re'
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
The Rhythm of the Saints