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

Ashes and Madness: The Play of Negativity and the Poetics of Organization

Ashes and Madness: The Play of Negativity and the Poetics of Organization

Ashes and madness: The play of negativity and the poetics of organization

Whatever given meaning I start from, I exhaust it… or finally I fall into nonsense.

… But how can we remain, dissolved, in non-sense? It cannot be done. Any non-sense must inevitably open up onto some kind of meaning … leaving an after-taste of ashes and madness.1

Philosophy ought really to be written only as a poetic composition.2


This chapter explores what might be entailed in developing a poetics of organization. It begins by following a line of argument which suggests that all language carries with it a silent, implicative double, which supports it, carries it and allows it to do its work. The ‘postmodern’ theorizing ...

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