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

The Aesthetic Approach in Organization Studies1

The Aesthetic Approach in Organization Studies1

The aesthetic approach in organization studies

The underlying assumption of the aesthetic approach to the study of organizations is that, although an organization is indeed a social and collective construct (Berger and Luckman, 1966; Knorr Cetina, 1981; Latour and Woolgar, 1979; Schütz, 1962–66), it is not an exclusively cognitive one but derives from the knowledge-creating faculties of all the human senses (Strati, 1996a).

This assumption has a number of consequences. First, the organization is considered as the product of specific processes whereby it is invented, negotiated and redefined by using the entire complex of the knowledge-creating faculties of both organizational actors and organization scholars. Second, within the organization flourish personal idiosyncrasies, specific modes of interpreting events, different views of what to do ...

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