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

‘Cutting a Show’: Grounded Aesthetics and Entertainment Organizations

‘Cutting a Show’: Grounded Aesthetics and Entertainment Organizations

‘Cutting a show’: Grounded aesthetics and entertainment organizations
BrianRusted

Separation, simplicity, silent norms of pertinence: this one depoliticizing strain is of considerable force, since it is capitalized on by professions, institutions, discourses and a massively reinforced consistency of specialized fields. (Said, 1983: 146)

Introduction

There is a woman standing by a cubicle door in an office tower somewhere in the Loop, Chicago's downtown business district. The washroom is pristine, anonymous in the way office tower washrooms are: free of clutter and devoid of personal artefacts or signifiers of identity. The woman is ‘using’ the facilities in a novel, ingenious and perhaps unorthodox way: she is speaking, relieving herself of words. There are no apparent interlocutors. Wearing a pant suit – that unfortunate, ...

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