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Chapter 4: The Beautiful in Organizational Life

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The Beautiful in Organizational Life
The beautiful in organizational life

In previous chapters we have seen what is meant by ‘aesthetics’ with reference to the aesthetic approach to the study of organizational life. I emphasized the pathos of the sensible in knowledge about the meaningful action of the persons who construct and reconstruct organizational life, and I pointed out the importance of their sensory faculties and of their aesthetic judgement – judgement which I described in terms of a sixth sense additional to those of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. In this and the next chapter I shall examine the aesthetic categories that prove useful for the aesthetic understanding of organizational life, and discuss their employment, also independently of the aesthetic approach, in studies of ...

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