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Dance and Organization

Integrating Dance Theory and Methods into the Study of Management, 1st Edition

By Brigitte Biehl


194 pages

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Dance and Organisation is the first comprehensive work to integrate dance theory and methods into the study of management, which have developed an interest in the arts and the humanities. Dance represents dynamics and change and puts the moving body at the centre, which has been ignored and oppressed by traditional management theory. ‘Being’ a leader however also means to ‘move’ like one, and critical lessons can be learned from ballerinas and modern dancers. Leadership is a dialogue, as in the work of musicians, conductors and DJs who manage groups without words. Movement in organisational space, in a museum or a techno club can be understood as a choreography and site-specific performance. Movement also is practically used for leadership and employee development workshops and can be deployed as an organisational research method.

By taking a firm interdisciplinary stance in dance studies and organisational research to explore management topics, reflecting on practitioner accounts and research projects, the book seeks to make an innovative contribution to our understanding of the moving body, generating new insights on teamwork, leadership, gender in management, organisational space, training and research methods. It comprises an important contribution to the organizational behaviour and critical management studies disciplines, and looks to push the boundaries of the academic literature.


"This is a must-have book for anyone applying the arts to management, human resource management, or training. It has excellent ways of doing feminist studies in the social sciences"David M. Boje, New Mexico State University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Dance and Organisation Studies

2. Dance as a Metaphor

3. Kinaesthetic Politics (Gender)

4. Kinaesthetic Empathy (Leadership)

5. Choreography (Collaboration and Space)

6. Kinaesthetic Training (Arts-Based Interventions)

7. Dance as a Method (Research)

About the Author

Brigitte Biehl is a Professor at SRH Hochschule der Populären Künste hpdk, Berlin, Germany, and a Visiting Fellow of Essex Business School, the University of Essex, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Management, Organizations and Society

Management, Organizations and Society represents innovative work grounded in new realities; addressing issues crucial to an understanding of the contemporary world. This is the world of organized societies, where boundaries between formal and informal, public and private, local and global organizations have been displaced or vanished along with other nineteenth century dichotomies and oppositions. Management, apart from becoming a specialised profession for a growing number of people, is an everyday activity for most members of modern societies. Management, Organizations and Society will address these contemporary dynamics of transformation in a manner that transcends disciplinary boundaries, with work which will appeal to researchers, students and practitioners alike.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
PERFORMING ARTS / Business Aspects