Organization students and scholars are able to trace the rise of aesthetics in management studies through the papers presented in this volume. The papers are arranged for individual review or thematic explorations of aesthetic thinking; including review papers and articles that focus on fashion, narrative, theatre, music and craft. This volume is a major contribution for those seeking alternatives to rational and positivist perspectives on management and who are willing to explore those alternatives beyond the usual disciplinary bases.
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Contents: Introduction; Part I The Aesthetic Turn: Arts and Appreciation in Organization and Management: Aesthetic understanding of organizational life, Antonio Strati; Finding form: looking at the field of organizational aesthetics, Steven S. Taylor and Hans Hansen; Strategy retold: toward a narrative view of strategic discourse, David Barry and Michael Elmes; Organizational kitsch, Stephen Linstead; The labour of aesthetics and the aesthetics of organization, Anne Witz, Chris Warhurst and Dennis Nickson. Part II Following and Framing Management Fashion: Rhetoric and myth in management fashion, Alfred Kieser; A fantasy theme analysis of Peter Senge's learning organization, Bradley G. Jackson; Haute couture and prêt-a-porter: the popular press and the diffusion of management practices, Carmelo Mazza and Jos uis Alvarez; Management fashion as image-spectacle: the production of best-selling management books, Timothy Clark and David Greatbatch. Part III From Fashion to Fiction: Narrative and Storytelling Approaches: The storytelling organization: a study of performance in an office-supply firm, David M. Boje; Organizational story and storytelling: a critical review, Mary E. Boyce; A four times told tale: combining narrative and scientific knowledge in organization studies, Barbara Czarniawska; Narratives of organizational identity and identification: a case study of hegemony and resistance, Michael Humphreys and Andrew D. Brown. Part IV The Theatre and Performance of Management: Management as a performing art, Iain L. Mangham; The cultural performance of control, Rolland Munro; Playing the part: reflections on aspects of mere performance in the customer-client relationship, Heather Höpfl; From dramaturgy to theatre as technology: the case of corporate theatre, Timothy Clark and Iain Mangham; Spectacular metaphors: from theatre to cinema, Thomasz Wood Jr. Part V Management Improvisation: Jazz and Beyond: Improvisation as a mindset for organizational analysis, Karl