Organizational aesthetics, both as a body of theory and a method of inquiry, is a rapidly expanding area of the organizational sciences. The Aesthetics of Organization accessibly draws key contributions delineating the emerging parameters of the field. It explains the significance of concepts devised by postmodern thinkers, through which emerge meaning and order in organizations. Methodological problems associated with investigations of the aesthetic are also highlighted so the reader can identify and understand the importance of recent ideas on vision, perspective and periphery for learning in organizations. Through the contributions of leading international theorists, organizational aesthetics is defined in greater

Suaviter in Modo, Fortiter in Re’: Appearance, Reality and the Early Jesuits

Suaviter in Modo, Fortiter in Re’: Appearance, Reality and the Early Jesuits

Suaviter in modo, fortiter in re’: Appearance, reality and the early jesuits


Self-presentation – the cultivation of appearances, even a certain theatricality – as a key constituent of organizational success is not a recent invention. This chapter offers some reflections on organizational appearance, reality and rhetoric by reference to the Society of Jesus – the Jesuits – a spectacularly successful organization – and its enemies.

In the Jesuits' analysis, falsehood and heresy had triumphed in the world because of presentation. The successful Catholic response (the Society's mission) would therefore have to present the truth just as persuasively and attractively. This chapter explores the Society's acute sensitivity to its public face, the impression it was creating: its ...

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