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

Cultivating an Aesthetic of Unfolding: Jazz Improvisation as a Self-Organizing System

Cultivating an Aesthetic of Unfolding: Jazz Improvisation as a Self-Organizing System

Cultivating an aesthetic of unfolding: Jazz improvisation as a self-organizing system
Frank J.Barrett

In the last two decades the natural sciences have been experiencing a fascinating revolution. The consequences of this revolution are still reverberating, but already we can see that it strikes at the very heart of the rational, empirical assumptions that have dominated ‘normal’ science since the Enlightenment. First introduced in physics and biology, this new science, known as complexity theory, claims that systems are so complex and interdependent that linear, reductionist thinking is inappropriate. Complexity theorists claim that dividing up and analyzing a system's parts cannot lead to prediction of their behavior or control over their activity. Linear thinking and reductionism fail to notice ...

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