This book is a reaction to the reductionist and exploitative ideas dominating the mainstream contemporary management discourse and practice, and an attempt to broaden the horizons of possibility for both managers and organization scholars. It brings together the scholarly fields of humanistic management and organizational aesthetics, where the former brings in the unshakeable focus on the human condition and concern for dignity, emancipation, and the common good, while the latter promotes reflection, openness, and appreciation for irreducible complexity of existence. It is a journey towards wholeness undertaken by a collective of management and organization theorists, philosophers, artists, and art curators.
Reading this book’s contributions can help both academics and practitioners work towards building organizational practices aimed at (re)acquiring wholeness by developing aesthetic awareness allowing for more profound understandings of performativity, insights into the dynamics of power, appreciation of ambiguity and ambivalence, and a much needed grasp of complexity. The varied ways of engaging with art explored by the authors promote imaginative insights into and reflection on the beauty and vicissitudes of organizing, of management knowledge and collective expression.
It will be of interest to researchers, academics, practitioners, and students in the fields of organizational theory and practice, business and management history, human resource management, and culture management.
1. Introduction: Understanding organizing and the quest for wholeness
Cezary Woźniak and Monika Kostera
2. Art & Organizing – A brief personal reflection
3. The incompleteness theorem: The importance of reinterpretation in management studies
4. Hula-Hoops and cigars, hiccups and stutters: Thinking with film about organisational control
Luc Peters and Anke Strauß
5. Writing, dreams and imagination
Matilda Dahl, Pierre Guillet de Monthoux and Jenny Helin
6. Conformity and the Need for Roots. Two anarchist utopias and a Christian politea
7. The Alchemical Life of Ernesta Thot - a romantic heroine of art
8. Rooted in transitory places of gathering: Performing Spacing in Tino Sehgal’s performance "These Situations" at the Palais de Tokyo
Jean-Luc Moriceau, Philippe Mairesse and Yannick Fronda
9. Aesthetic learning in an artistic intervention project for organizational creativity – accepting feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and fun
10. The Art of Creating the Unthinkable: Connecting Processes of Engineering, Management and Aesthetics
Allesandra Di Pisa and Robert Stasinski
11. Monuments to Enterprises in Communist-era Poland: The creation and consolidation of an organisational identity through Art
12. The Lure of The East in The Empires of Sight: does changing ownership of colonial art challenge the notion of being ‘colonised by the gaze’
13. Exercises in sensemaking: 3,628,800 ways of writing organization and management
14. Is a culture-forming interaction between art and management possible and on what conditions?
15. Prologue to filmic research(ing)