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"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.

Aesthetics in the Study of Organizational Life
Aesthetics in the study of organizational life
Introduction

The strand of inquiry which concerns itself with organization and aesthetics is rooted in the culturalist turn in organization studies that came about during the 1980s, and in particular in those studies which analysed the organization in terms of every-day life experience and symbolic and aesthetic construction. These two aspects have mainly distinguished the aesthetic approach to organizations (Strati, 1992) among the various styles of inquiry into the aesthetic dimension of organizations developed since the early 1990s (Benghozi, 1987; Carr and Hancock, 2003; Gagliardi, 1990; Linstead and Höpfl, 2000; Guillet de Monthoux, 2004; Jones et al., 1988; Ottensmeyer, 1996; Rafaeli and Pratt, 2005; Ramírez, 1991; Schroeder, 2006; Strati, 1999; Strati and Guillet ...

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