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

Routine Pleasures: The Aesthetics of the Mundane1

Routine Pleasures: The Aesthetics of the Mundane1

Routine pleasures: The aesthetics of the mundane
DavidSilverman

The aesthetic impulse in organization theory can be located in a genealogy of its metaphors (organizations as machines, organisms, cultures, etc.) However, as Morgan has suggested, such metaphors are not simply means of organizational analysis but practical constructions used in everyday, organizational life. As he puts it: ‘Images and metaphors are not just interpretive constructs used in the task of analysis. They are central to the process of imaginization through which people enact or ‘write’ the character of organizational life’ (1986: 344).

The heretical implication of Morgan's insight, that theorising is not confined to the ivory towers of academe but is part of the practical activities of everyday actors, had, of course, been ...

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