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In a project that started with the Enlightenment, instrumental concerns have become separated from ethical and aesthetic concerns; a situation that has led to the often unexamined assumption that the bottom line of a business is predominant and aesthetic concerns are subordinated to the instrumental master. It is the aim of Organizational Aesthetics to provide a place where aesthetic concerns are central. We take art (deliberately notated with a small “a”) to be of interest for its own sake. We care about beauty because it enriches our lives, not because it might enrich our bank accounts. We care about the grotesque, the sublime, the comic, the ugly, and the elegant because they are all part of the richness of human existence. And we care about the richness of the human experience and hope that this journal makes a significant contribution to the larger world beyond our areas of immediate interest.



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