Organizational Aesthetics is about how the five senses and artistry inform business, non-profit, and government organizations. We mean for both terms, aesthetics and organizational, to be understood broadly to include a range of topics. Examples are the use of arts-based methods in organizations, theoretical accounts of aesthetic phenomena in organizations such as beautiful (or grotesque) leadership, and the art about/in/behind organizations. In fact, we hope that authors and artists will take us to places we haven’t even begun to describe here. The content of the journal is organized into four sections: Theory, Practice, Art, and Reviews.
Organizational Aesthetics is a publication of The Art of Management and Organization.
Current Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1 (2015)
Special Topic: Disruption
This special topic calls for new ways of seeing that are necessary to understand the actual ‘realities’ of the world we live in, and not to mistake that for seeing things as are they are labelled. Arts informed methods have been recognised for exploring, examining and eliciting the less obvious, the unaccountable, the so-called non-rational elements of organizational experience, countering the more traditional business and management tools of logic and rationality. In this way they can make a significant contribution to disrupting what we already know about organisations and organisational life. Papers in this special edition suggest that arts based methods enable us to access and develop different ways of sensuous knowing which contribute to our engagement with organisational life. They show how working with the arts accesses the range of human emotion and makes a more holistic contribution to our understandings; giving voice to those unheard via traditional mechanisms; enabling access to tacit knowledge, creating contexts in which we are faced with ambiguity and uncertainty; and offering transformative, imaginative ways of approaching, analysing and reflecting on old problems in disruptive and interruptive ways.
The Academic Office: Constitutive Entanglement and Organizational Matter
Damian William Ruth
Pages: 32 to 45
Let me entertain you?: Some reflexions on the professor as a DJ
Pages: 4 to 8
Pages: 12 to 18
Steven S. Taylor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Donna Ladkin (Theory), Plymouth University
Martin Wood (Practice), RMIT University
Ralph Bathurst (Art), Massey University
Brigitte Biehl-MIssal (Reviews), Essex University
Special Topic Editors:
Louise Grisoni, Oxford Brookes University
Margaret Page, University of the West of England