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Organization and Aesthetics

by Strati A SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 224 pages
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This book shows how aeasthetic understanding of organizations can extend our knowledge and sharpen our insights into the many of the micro-processes that shape organizational behaviour.Organizational life is pervaded by aesthetic, yet conventional organizational analysis has been dominated by a `scientific', logico-rational tradition that ignores the aesthetic dimension.This book highlights the role of emotion in organizations ; the importance of symbol; the subjective influence of culture; and the processes of learning and cognition. These are phenomena that are related to the aesthetic rather than to purify rational, demanding new modes of inquiry that allow us richer insight into the dynamics of organizational life.Organization and Aesthetics provides a powerful new lens through which the daily, ever-chaning complexity of organizations can be better understood by students, researchers and mangers.

Organizational Aesthetics, Experience and Plausibility Aesthetic Knowledge of Organizational Action The Elusiveness of Organizational Aesthetics The Beautiful in Organizational Life Artefacts, Form and Aesthetic Categories Conclusions

He is one of the founders of the research unit RUCOLA.Sociologist, he holds also a degree in Humanities (University of Florence) and is specialised in Action Research in Organization studies (Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London, UK).He lectures on Sociology of Organization at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Trento, and teaches A Photographic Look at Work and Organization at SciencesPo in Paris. He is chercheur associA© of the Centre de Recherche en Gestion, Acole Polytechnique, Paris, and Visiting International Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Former vice-dean of the Faculty of Sociology, he was president of the Master Degree in Work, Organization and Information Systems, University of Trento, and coordinator of the teaching programme on qualitative methods in social research of the Doctoral School in Sociology and social research of Trento.His book Organization and Aesthetics is published in English (Sage, 1999), in French (PUL, 2004), in Portuguese (FGV, 2007), and in Italian (Mondadori, 2008). He is also author of the book Theory and Method in Organization Studies (Sage, 2000) and of a number of essays that have appeared in international journals.Some of his aphotopoemsa a his artistic research in conceptual photography a are published in books and journals, and are collected by the BibliothA¨que Nationale de France (Paris), the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Cinisello Balsamo, Milan), the Polaroid Collections (Cambridge, Mass., USA), and the WestLicht-Schauplatz fA¼r Fotografie (Wien) among a number of Collections.Research interestsHis main research interests focus on qualitative methods and practice-based theorizing to understand aesthetics, tacit knowledge, and symbolism in organisational life.