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W. Warner Burke

In: Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom

Chapter 11: Organizational Aesthetics—Aesthetics and Wisdom in the Practice of Organization Development

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Organizational Aesthetics—Aesthetics and Wisdom in the Practice of Organization Development
Organizational aesthetics—aesthetics and wisdom in the practice of organization development

A colleague of mine, an art museum junkie, has made me more aware of the distinction between fine art in, say, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) in New York City and so-called art that hangs on the walls of a motel room. The former is good and tasteful; the latter is bad and tasteless.

When looking at tasteful fine art at the Met, we are often filled with awe and feelings of admiration and perhaps even excitement. Moreover, we are likely to remember certain paintings, sculptures, and the like, whereas in our motel room we may barely look at what is hanging on the walls, ...

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