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This book shows how aesthetic understanding of organizations can extend our knowledge and sharpen our insights into many processes that shape organizational action. Organizational life is pervaded by aesthetics, yet conventional organizational analysis has been dominated by a `scientific', logico-rational tradition that ignores the aesthetic dimension. The book highlights the role of emotion in organizations, the importance of symbol, the subjective influence of culture and the processes of learning and cognition. These phenomena are related to the aesthetic rather than to purify rational, demanding new modes of inquiry that allow us richer insight into the dynamics of organizational life.

Aesthetic Knowledge of Organizational Action
Aesthetic knowledge of organizational action

In Chapter 1, I discussed the pervasiveness of organizational aesthetics and the way in which subjects make constant recourse to the aesthetic knowledge of organization. Although my intention was to emphasize the importance of the aesthetic faculties of organizational actors, this did not rule out discussion of the ontological and ethical features of organizational life. Indeed, on several occasions, the ethos, logos and aesthetics of organizational life were examined in terms of their interweavings, diversities and paradoxes as they shape organizational knowledge. Nothing emerged from the analysis to suggest that aesthetics as a form of organizational knowledge should be ignored, even less abandoned. On the contrary, it became plain from examination of the relations among ontological, ...

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