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Artistic Interventions in Organizations

Research, Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Ulla Johansson Sköldberg, Jill Woodilla, Ariane Berthoin Antal


258 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Artistic intervention, where the world of the arts is brought into organizations, has increasingly become a research field in itself with strong links to both creativity and innovation. Opportunities for the arts to interact with public and private organizations occur worldwide, but during the last decade artistic interventions have received growing attention in both practice and research.

This book is the first comprehensive attempt to map the development of the field and provides an international overview of the area of artistic interventions and their impact on organizations from different perspectives, ranging from strategic management to organizational development, innovation and organizational learning. Featuring chapters from prominent and emerging scholars, including Nancy J. Adler, Barbara Czarniawska, Lotte Darsø and Alexander Styhre, it places artistic interventions within an international context. The book also offers readers the opportunity to learn from experiences in a varied range of organisations, including newspapers, manufacturing, government, schools, and covers many art-forms, such as music, contemporary dance, painting, photography, and theatre.

Using extensive empirical examples, this book is vital reading for researchers and scholars of creativity and cultural industries, as well as innovation, creative entrepreneurship, organizational studies and management.


'This is a delightful and important book, dedicated to how artistic and creative interventions can – evolutionarily or revolutionarily – influence organizing. A book for all times, but perhaps particularly important currently, in an era when imagination and genuine creativity are all but banned from mainstream workplaces. The book shows how vital artistic input can prove to be not just for the enjoyment and satisfaction that work can provide, but for the renewal and survival of organizations. Art helps us deal with the difficult, opens up the mind to new realizations, it makes it possible to learn and to make sense of a complex world. This book shows how and why it should become part of a healthy and sustainable management process in a variety of organizations and contexts, from the point of view of managers, intermediary organizations, employees and artists. It depicts practices, artistic engagements, inventive metaphors, as well as space as catalysts for reflection and organizational illumination, sometimes successful, sometimes not, or not immediately. A must read for everyone who hopes that a human kind of management, after all, has a future, but is unsure of how this future can be reclaimed. This book offers one very strong proposition on how this can be done.' - Monika Kostera, Professor Ordinaria in Management, The Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and Guest Professor at Bradford University, UK

'Bravo for not saying bravo. The editors have avoided the trap of being cheerleaders and instead embraced the complexity – in terms of theory, practice, and certainly epistemology – of artistic interventions in organizations. In doing so, they provide a much-needed and timely summary, and an excellent place for moving forward in this exciting domain.' - Steven S. Taylor, Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic University, USA

'Today's leaders increasingly open their organizations to artistic interventions. They're collaborating with artists and using art processes to produce better outcomes. In this book, the world's foremost authors on this subject bring us up to date on this trending activity.' - Robert D. Austin, Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

'Aesthetic experience is always an experience of choice that challenges us, yet this book opens up he discussion and allows us to understand artistic intervention in organizations and how they can be used to make a positive changes and improvement. I strongly recommend it.' - Silvia Gherardi, Professor, University of Trento, Italy

Table of Contents

Part I. Framing the Field 1. Artistic Interventions in Organizations: Introduction (Ariane Berthoin Antal, Jill Woodilla and Ulla Johansson Sköldberg) 2. Arts-in-Business from 2004 to 2014: From experiments in Practice to Research and Leadership Development (Lotte Darsø) Part II. Assessment and Evidence 3. Multistakeholder Perspectives on Searching for Evidence of Values-added in Artistic Interventions in Organizations (Ariane Berthoin Antal and Anke Strauß) 4. Assessing the Business Impact of Arts-Based Initiatives (Giovanni Schiuma and Daniela Carlucci) Part III. Learning from Success and Failure 5. A Newspaper Changes its Identity Through an Artistic Intervention (Marcus Jahnke) 6. Fostering Creativity through Artistic Interventions: Two Stories of Failed Attempts to Commodify Creativity (Elena Raviola and Claudia Schnugg) 7. Artistic Interventions in Organizations as Détournement and Constructed Situations (Alexander Styhre and Jonas Fröberg) Part IV. Experiences with Different Art Forms 8. From Aspiration to Evidence: Music, Leadership and Organizational Transformation (Linda M. Ippolito and Nancy J. Adler) 9. Choreographic Creative Processes for Innovation (Nina Bozic Yams) 10. Playing the ‘Magic If’: A Theatre Director’s Perspective on Intervening (Victoria Brattström) Part V. Responsibility for Making it Happen 11. Managers in Artistic Interventions and their Leadership Approach (Katarina Zambrell) 12. Mind the Gap! Bridging Strategies for Artistic Interventions in Organizations (Ulla Johansson Sköldberg and Jill Woodilla) 13. Organizational Studios: Enabling Innovation (Stefan Meisiek and Daved Barry) Part VI. Reflections 14. From Revolution to Evolution … And Back Again? (Ariane Berthoin Antal, Jill Woodilla and Ulla Johansson Sköldberg) 15. Postlude (Barbara Czarniawska)




About the Editors

Ulla Johansson Sköldberg is Professor Emeritus from Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Jill Woodilla is Honorary Visiting Professor, School of Business, Economics and Law, and Affiliated Researcher, Business & Design Lab, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Ariane Berthoin Antal is Senior Fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Germany and Distinguished Research Professor at Audencia Nantes School of Management, France.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Creative and Cultural Industries Management

This innovative series provides a forum for the publication of original research in cultural and creative industries from a management perspective. It reflects the multiple and inter-disciplinary forms of cultural and creative industries and the expanding roles which they perform in an increasing number of countries. As the discipline expands, there is a pressing a need to disseminate academic research, and this series provides a platform to publish this research, setting the agenda of cultural and creative industries from a managerial perspective, as an academic discipline. The aim is to chart developments in contemporary cultural and creative industries thinking around the world, with a view to shaping future agendas reflecting the expanding significance of the cultural and creative industries in a globalised world. The remit of the series is broad and will reflect cultural and creative industries research including (but not limited to):

  • cultural and creative industries in countries and regions of interest (e.g. UK, USA, Central and Eastern Europe; Latin America, China, Taiwan, India);
  • the cultural and creative industries in any re-ordering of the global economy in crisis;
  • cultural and creative industries and their social, political and technological and economic impacts;
  • governance, management and leadership;
  • global power and influence in entertainment and the arts;
  • advocacy, philanthropy and sponsorship;
  • cultural and creative industries and mobile, digital and social media;
  • cultural and creative industries and the built environment;
  • event management;
  • greening our festivals and the carbon footprint;
  • national identity;
  • creativity and innovation in cultural and creative industries;
  • cultural and creative industries in public management and not-for-profit areas.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Collections, Catalogs, Exhibitions / General
ART / Business Aspects
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Nonprofit Organizations & Charities
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development