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.
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.
PART ONE: AESTHETIC THEORY The Aesthetic Approach in Organization Studies - Antonio Strati The Art Management of Aesthetic Organizing - Pierre Guillet de Monthoux PART TWO: AESTHETIC PROCESSES Ashes and Madness - Stephen Linstead The Play of Negativity and the Poetics of Organization The Aesthetics of Reticence - Heather H[um]opfl Collections and Recollections PART THREE: AESTHETICS AND MODES OF ANALYSIS `Cutting a Show' - Brian Rusted Grounded Aesthetics and Entertainment Organizations Routine Pleasures - David Silverman The Aesthetics of the Mundane PART FOUR: CRAFTING AN AESTHETIC Observer Versus Audience - Hugo Letiche An-Aesthetics - Pippa Carter and Norman Jackson PART FIVE: AESTHETICS, ETHICS AND IDENTITY `Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re' - Harro H[um]opfl Appearance, Reality and the Early Jesuits Resurfacing an Aesthetics of Existence as an Alternative to Business Ethics - Stephen Cummings PART SIX: RADICAL AESTHETICS AND CHANGE Cultivating an Aesthetic of Unfolding - Frank J Barrett Jazz Improvisation of a Self-organizing System The Rhythm of the Saints - Stewart Clegg Cultural Resistance, Popular Music and Collectivist Organization in Salvador, Bahia in Brazil