The Aesthetics of Organization


Edited by: Stephen Linstead & Heather Höpfl

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    • 2.1 Bonk Celebrates its Centenary 48
    • 2.2 Gullichsen takes Centre Stage 50
    • 2.3 The Reichstag Wrapped 52
    • 2.4 Practice Wrapping 54
    • 7.1 Hans van Manen 165
    • 7.2 Jiri Kylian 167
    • 7.3 Polish Pieces 174
    • 8.1 World War I grave marker. Chanterlands (Municipal) Cemetery, Hull, UK 185
    • 8.2 Cross of Sacrifice. Ryes War Cemetery, Normandy, France 185
    • 8.3 Stone of Remembrance. Bayeux War Cemetery, Normandy, France 186
    • 8.4 General view of the War Cemetery at Ryes, Normandy, France 186
    • 8.5 Grave marker showing typical features as specified by CWGC. Chanterlands (Municipal) Cemetery, Hull, UK 187

    Notes on Contributors

    Frank J. Barrett is an Associate Professor of Systems Management and Organizational Behavior at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in 1990 and both his BA in International Relations (1975) and his MA in English (1977) from the University of Notre Dame. His research is in the areas of organizational change, organizational learning, generative metaphor and appreciative inquiry. In addition to numerous book chapters, he has published articles in Organization Science, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and Organization Dynamics. Most recently he has written about the dynamics of jazz improvisation and possible lessons for organizational innovation and creativity. He is also an active jazz pianist.

    Mailing address: Dept of Systems Management, Naval Postgraduate School, 555 Dyer Rd, Monterey, Calif. 93940, USA.


    Pippa Carter is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management of the University of Hull. Her research interests are in the field of Organization Theory, with particular regard to the ontological and epistemological conditions of organization, the function of management and the nature of work. These research interests are informed by the radical critique of organization theory of poststructuralism and of the modernist/critical modernist/postmodernist debate. She has published widely in this field, with ‘some man’ from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Mailing address: The Business School, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK.

    Stewart Clegg was born in Bradford, England, but left for Australia in 1976. Since then almost all of his career has been spent in Australia, at Griffith University, University of New England, University of Western Sydney, Macarthur and latterly at UTS (University of Technology, Sydney). Stewart has published and travelled widely from Australia, including one extended trip into a metaphoric medieval purgatory. Aesthetically, he enjoys sailing, cycling, rugby football (both codes, but especially League), as well as cinema, music, theatre and politics. In terms of the latter two, he particularly laments the loss from the arena of Australian politics of its ‘Placido Domingo’, ex-Prime Minister Paul Keating. Nonetheless, he is well aware of the insidiousness of nostalgia as an ailment and tries to keep it at bay with physical exercise.

    Mailing address: School of Management, UTS, Broadway PO Box 123, NSW 2007, Australia.


    Stephen Cummings formerly a Lecturer in Organization Theory and a Tutor in Ancient Greek History at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, is currently a Lecturer in Strategy at the University of Warwick.

    Mailing address: Marketing and Strategic Management, Warwick Business

    School, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.


    Pierre Guillet de Monthoux holds a chair in General Management at Stockholm University, where he leads the European Centre for Art and Management. ECAM is currently doing research into management of art and art-related organizations and also runs a Master of Business Art programme. Professor Guillet de Monthoux is a fellow of Åbo Academy in Finland, Witten-Herdecke University B.R.D. and Université de Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France, where he teaches managerial aesthetics. Amongst his publications on aesthetics and ethics in managerial philosophy are Action and Existence – Art and Anarchism for Business Administration (Accedo, 1991) and The Moral Philosophy of Management – from Quesnay to Keynes (M.E. Sharpe, 1993).

    Mailing address: School of Business, University of Stockholm, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden.


    Harro Höpfl is a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Lancaster. His principal publications are in political theory. He has written on and translated some of the political work of Calvin and Luther and has spent many years researching the early Jesuits. Harro Höpfl contributes to the MPhil in Critical Management in the Management School at Lancaster University and has published in management journals on the historical foundations of management thought.

    Mailing address: Department of Politics and International Relations, Lancaster

    University, Lancaster, LAI 4YL, UK.


    Heather Höpfl is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Head of Department of Operations Research and Human Resource Management at Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria at Newcastle. She is an Adjunct Professor of the University of South Australia and a Visiting Professor of the Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management in Warsaw. She has organized a number of critical management conferences over the past nine years and holds regular international seminars and workshops on developments in organisation studies. She enjoys teaching through video and novels and is committed to the radical examination of the experiential aspects of organizations.

    Mailing address: Department of Operations Research and Human Resource Management, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, Ellison Building, Ellison Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NEl 8ST, UK. Email:

    Norman Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Management of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. After a number of years in engineering management, he gained an MA in Organizational Psychology at the University of Lancaster and a PhD from Aston University, having also studied at Manchester Business School. His research contributes to the radical critique of organization theory and reflects an interest in poststructuralism, with a touch of critical theory. He has published widely in this area, with ‘some woman’ from the University of Hull.

    Mailing address: The School of Management, Armstrong Building, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK.

    Hugo Letiche is NECSI Professor of Meaning in Organization and chairs the ‘Advice, Organization and Policy’ major at the University for Humanist Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands. In addition, he is a member of the visiting faculty of the Centre for Social Theory and Technology at Keele University, UK. He also teaches ‘Human Relations’ on the Rotterdam School of Management MBA at Erasmus University in The Netherlands. In his research, he has tried to explore the practical and theoretical limits to organizing – having published on postmodern organizational theory, emergence and complexity theory, gender and emotion. Recent articles have appeared in Organization, Organization Studies, Personnel Review, Human Resource Development International, Emergence and Studies in Cultures Organizations and Societies. Most of his publications are ethnographic essays combining close description with poststructuralist reflection.

    Mailing address: Frankenslag 13 2582HB, The Hague, The Netherlands. Email:

    Stephen Linstead is Associate Director (Research) and Research Professor of Management at Sunderland Business School, University of Sunderland He previously held the Chair of Management at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, and has worked at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Lancaster University among others. Although he was born in Barnsley and still supports the Tykes, for whom his father once played, he is also an Australian citizen and has worked with a number of international corporations. He has been involved with the arts as a writer and performer since his first and only TV appearance as a singer in 1966, and has recorded and performed live and on radio sporadically since then, still hoping for his big break. Sadly, his closest brush with stardom remains the occasion when Joe Cocker accidentally urinated on his foot in the gents toilet of the ‘Princess Royal’ pub in Sheffield. Recent books include Understanding Management (Sage, 1996 – with Robert Grafton Small and Paul Jeffcutt) and Management: A Critical Text (Macmillan, 1999 – with Liz Fulop). He is currently Chair of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism and Corporate Culture, but still wishes he was a rock star.

    Mailing address: Sunderland Business School, University of Sunderland, St Peter's Campus, St Peter's Way, Sunderland SR6 ODD, UK.


    Brian Rusted is an Associate Dean (Interdisciplinary Programs) at the University of Calgary. He teaches Communications Studies and Canadian Studies, and has long had an interest in visual culture, architecture, cultural performance and the social organization of taste. A founding editor of the journal Studies in Cultures, Organizations and Societies, he maintains a conviction about the importance of ethnographic representations of cultural and organizational life. He has won awards for his creative work in writing and video.

    Mailing address: Faculty of General Studies, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta T2N lN4, Canada. Email:

    David Silverman's interests are in non-romantic qualitative methodologies, professional–client communication and conversation analysis. He is the author of 14 books. The most recent are: Interpreting Qualitative Data (Sage, 1993); Discourses of Counselling (Sage, 1997); Harvey Sacks: Social Science and Conversation Analysis (Polity, 1998); Doing Qualitative Research: A Practical Handbook (Sage, 1999). He is Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths College, London University. He continues to argue for a rigorous, theoretically based social science which maintains a dialogue with the wider community.

    Mailing address: c/o Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College, London SE 14 6NW, UK.


    Antonio Strati is Associate Professor and lectures on the sociology of organizations at the Universities of Trento and Siena, Italy. He is a foundermember of the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (SCOS), and his research interests focus on symbolism, aesthetics, cognitivism and the use of grounded theory in organization studies. He is the author of Organization and Aesthetics (Sage, 1999) and of the textbook Theory and Method in Organization Studies (Sage, 2000).

    Mailing address: Dipartimento di Sociologia e Ricerca Sociale, via G. Verdi 26, I-38100 Trento, Italy.


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