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Organizational Aesthetics, Experience and Plausibility
Organizational aesthetics, experience and plausibility

For some years I have set the students attending my course on sociology of organization a riddle concerning organizational artefacts. Riddles are a teaching technique often used with children attending nursery or elementary school. Typical ones are the following: ‘Which is heavier, a kilo of feathers or a kilo of lead?’ ‘What colour was Napoleon's white horse?’ ‘If a cock stands on a roof-top, which side will its egg fall?’ These are questions which require guile, and the application of one's own knowledge rather than the mnemonic or factual use of what one knows. A riddle, in fact, is neither a quiz nor a test. It does not require selection of the only correct reply from ...

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