1st Edition

Humanistic Management, Organization and Aesthetics Art of Management and Management of Art

By Michał Szostak Copyright 2024
    294 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The book is the first worldwide publication of a complex theory of management aesthetics in humanistic management based on the aesthetics and arts approach allowing for a complete and systemic understanding of the management art and art management phenomena. The methodology is based on the critical literature review and empirical research applying qualitative, quantitative, and autoethnographic approaches. The main goal of this monograph is to create a holistic model that organises the issues of management aesthetics and shows the interdependence of the components of this model. The role of this model should be to perform a central function for a complete and systemic understanding of the phenomenon of management aesthetics, as well as to perform the function of a field based on which analysis of individual issues in the area of management aesthetics is conducted. The critical component of this holistic model is Maria Gołaszewska’s theory of the aesthetic situation. Two theses of the book are the following: (1) the theory of aesthetics and artistic practice have the potential to enrich the theory and practice of management with qualitative components through deep immersion in the world of values and (2) management theory and practice have the potential to enrich the theory of aesthetics and artistic practice with efficiency components.


    Chapter 1. Management as an Art

    Chapter 2. Art as an Organisational Activity

    Chapter 3. Application of Aesthetic Theory in Management

    Chapter 4. Creative Personality: Identity and Perception

    Chapter 5. Creativity in Artistic and Managerial Activities – Source, Motive, Inspiration, Improvisation

    Chapter 6. Kitsch and Ignorance in Management



    Michał Szostak is Associate Professor of Management and Head of the Institute for Management Research at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, scientifically focused on humanistic management and management aesthetics. He conducts extensive teaching activities on academic levels in Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Lithuanian universities. He is Doctor of Musical Arts in organ performance and plays dozens of recitals worldwide annually. He is a business practitioner in top management positions in capital groups in an international environment in the commercial and industrial sectors.