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In Aesthetic Intelligence: Reclaim the Power of Your Senses, Rochelle Mucha, Ph.D., a pioneer in Organizational Aesthetics, introduces Aesthetic Intelligence, the capacity to fully utilize the power of your senses to reveal fresh approaches to tackling long-standing challenges and opportunities in a global, ever-changing marketplace. From deep listening to intentional characterization, from the ability to synthesize to acting in real time, the author guides you on how to reignite your sense-ability. Mucha, founder of Business as Performance Art™, invites the reader to explore the underpinnings of the culture of the performing arts, weaving pragmatism and substance into a conversational narrative that sets the stage for you to create and sustain an environment of connection, creativity, and innovation. Whatever your role or industry, Aesthetic Intelligence will expand your repertoire, bolster your individual leadership, and strengthen organizational performance. Amazon

Understanding arts-based methods in managerial development (Mai 2009)
Just a note to say that Steve Taylor and Donna Ladkin’s article “Understanding arts-based methods in managerial development” has just come out in the latest AoM Learning and Education (2009, V8, #1, pp: 55-69). There’s a nice section on mask work (that I’ve used), as well as a good summary of applications in our field. It even has pictures (which AoM pubs almost never do; of course these are very roughly printed ones, but it’s a start). Daved

art projects for companies (January 2009)
I just got to look at a ‘book of proposals’ (for organizational art projects) from the guys at Reinigungsgesellschaft (they deliberately wanted a long complicated name!). What I like about it is that they’ve made it all into a kind of art project, blending in the executive’s interviews and responses, and the artists’ responses (in the form of proposals). You can read the whole thing here:, and buy the book here: Daved.

Practice/discipline of service design which is emerging from arts-based design (December 2008)
The Designing for Services web archive which explores these practices is now live. It includes a downloadable PDF with short essays from a range of perspectives about the designing of services, and a short film showing the service design consultancy live|work 'doing' service design with a science enterprise.
"Designing for Services in Science and Technology-Based Enterprises" was an multi-disciplinary research project initiated by Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. This one-year study (2006-2007) explored how academics, service designers, and science and technology entrepreneurs understand the designing of services in science and technology-based enterprises. The project brought together academics from a range of backgrounds including innovation studies, strategy, operations management, science and technology studies and design studies.
The website contains:
- a short film (dur 7'16) following the service design and innovation consultancy live|work working with personalised medicine company g-Nostics;
- a publication bringing together insights from a range of disciplinary perspectives;
- selected images from the project and a summary of the project research blog.
The project was supported by the Designing for the 21st Century initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK.Lucy Kimbell

CSV - Corporate Social Values (December 2008)
REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT releases with Corporate Social Values a publication on the ethics of the consumer goods and the aesthetic of product testing. On fourty pages it contains material that was compiled in 2008 in co-operation with Stiftung Warentest and that was exhibited in September of this year at arttransponder. The publication is in German and English. It can be purchased via Email (price 8 Euro + postage).

Les entreprises critiques / critical companies (November 2008)

Cet ouvrage fait le point sur une mouvance artistique encore peu identifiée à ce jour : celle des entreprises délibérément qualifiées ici de « critiques ». Elles surgissent des quatre coins du globe depuis les années 60, en tant que « sociétés » ou bien « firmes » et sont portées par des artistes entrepreneurs. Si leur champ esthétique est souvent proche de celui de l’entreprise, c’est bien souvent le champ politique que les « entreprises critiques » inves- tissent jour après jour à travers une réflexion et une production souvent inattendues. Qu’en est-il de leur histoire ? Quelles sont leurs stratégies ?
Yann Toma avec la collaboration de / with the collaboration of Rose Marie Barrientos
This publication presents “critical companies”, an expression deliberately chosen to identify an artistic paradigm that remains largely unknown to this day. Since the 1960’s, these entities have been emerging throughout the world as “companies” or “firms”, managed by artistic entrepreneurs. If the aesthetic sphere where they evolve is close to the business world experience, “critical companies” also explore the political arena, often introducing unfo- reseen ideas and artworks. How did they emerge ? What are their strategies ?
co-édition Cerap - Cité du design

Electronic Journal: Creative Approaches to Research, First issue 10/2008

We began the journal because we were interested in exploring the zone where technology, creative methodology and epistemology meet. Because of its electronic nature, the journal is able to include contributions which incorporate multi-media, sound, film, as well as words. The first issue includes a lovely piece by Angela Rogers who we met at the Art of Management Conference in Krakow. Her contribution is called 'Drawing as Conversation: Visual Encounters with Strangers' and it grew out of her PhD in which she was drawing with people on the British Rail system. The first issue has a foreword by the brave and beautiful Laurel Richardson and the second issue's foreword has been written by the auto-ethnographer Carolyn Ellis who has recently been to Australia.
What we would like to do is extend to you an invitation to submit contributions, to participate as reviewers and, if you are inclined, to express interest in being on the Editorial Board. The journal has grown out of our Australian creative research community and we are keen to extend its borders.
Laura Brearley, Australia

Empirical Challenges in Organizational Aesthetics Research: Towards a Sensual Methodology

Samantha Warren, (04/2008) Organization Studies 29(04): 559­580.

The Illusion of Leadership (978-0-230-20199-6)

I've just finished reading Piers Ibbotson's new book, "The Illusion of
Leadership." I loved it and I think most AACORNers would as well. Piers
writes eloquently about the difference between art and business and how the
embodied knowing of the theatre can inform business leadership. Along the
way he makes a delightful critique of modern business.
Has anyone else read it, yet?

I've read it too and agree absolutely with what you've written, Steve. I
think the sections on embodied knowing are the most powerful part of the
book, though there are also some fascinating insights into Piers' techniques
and processes which, if you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing them at
first hand, are hugely effective. In particular, look out for his
description of image theatre.
I wasn't so keen on his dismissal of the effectiveness of Forum Theatre,
Tim Stockil

Dancing “the management”: on social presence, rhythm and finding common purpose

David Atkinson (2008); Management Decision, Vol. 46, No. 7, 1081-1095
This Conceptual paper seeks to explore the concept of dance as a metaphor for relating to the challenges of management and human relations within the organisational space. It asks in what way can the art-related concept of dance be applied to the benefit of a dominant science-led management learning and practice. The paper explores its topic through counter-factual argument, drawing on a recently published theory of art-related management practice. It invokes dance as an application of the theory to further explore that theory's relevance to management and organisational thinking. The concept of an organisational dance is explored by considering the notions of presence and rhythm. A definition for social presence is derived in order to present an ability of the individual to perceive a socially constructed reality, against which collective movement – aligned within a concept of organisational rhythm – permits a form of dance to emerge. The organisational dance sets up a form of social constructionism in which new forms of knowledge might arise through creative play. The paper argues that the metaphor of dance can usefully provide new insight into thinking about management, by providing an intellectual basis for writing about organisational dance. It concludes that the research question is not (empirically) “what dances are being practiced” but, in order to better support managers in practice, “how do we make the organisation dance?”

Education and Imagination: Post-Jungian perspectives

published by Routledge (ISBN 9780415432580)I'd like to let you know of this publication just released, for which I was a co-editor along with three other people (Raya Jones, Austin Clarkson, Nick Stratton). Apart from the fact that I am really excited about it, I bring it to this group- because I believe we urgently need 'imagination' as a core concern in pedagogy and I imagine that many people on this list feel the same. This book offers a perspective which hopefully will invite interest, discussion and debate on the subject.
- I believe that new developments in arts-based learning (in management and leadership development) demand a better understanding of different perspectives on the psychology behind it (also central to my own PhD research) - and this book provides some insight from one particular field of psychology - Jungian.The book is broad in it's contributions. Offering both academic and practical perspectives, it covers subjects like the role of teacher, learning difficulties, storytelling, socialisation, learning about emotions in children, imaginative activity vs active imagination, management and leadership learning, with a fascinating chapter on a synthesis of Jung and Vygotsky on this subject.One way or another I hope it will contribute to bringing 'imagination' into pedagogical discourse with more fire, passion and commitment.Sue Congram (UK)

Aesthetic Intelligence: Cultivating as Artistic Mindset

Fall 2008
Author: Rochelle Mucha
Journal: Organization Development Journal
Abstract: Successful organizations master the power of ‘high touch’ in a ‘high tech’ world. Increasingly, organizations have turned to arts-based learning to cultivate this capacity. However, beyond method and metaphor, the cultural underpinnings of the artistic world reveal a mindset defined by Aesthetic Intelligence, comprised of Presence, Authenticity, and Synthesis. This article expands on the emergent field of Organizational Aesthetics and introduces Aesthetic Intelligence, suggesting how one can bring an artist’s sensibility to their work.

Understanding Arts-Based Methods in Managerial Development

Authors: Steven S Taylor , Donna Ladkin
Abstract: With the rise of the use of arts-based methods in organizational development and change, scholars have started to inquire into how and why these methods work. This paper identifies four conceptual motors that are particular to the way in which arts-based methods contribute to the development of individual organization managers and leaders: through the transference of artistic skills, through projective techniques, through the evocation of OEessence¹ and through the making process itself. We illustrate these motors in detail with two case examples and then discuss the implications for designing the use of arts-based methods for managerial and leadership development.
Download here: AMLE in-press section
Cheers, Steve

The “Thinbook of Organization Theatre"

Edited by: Lotte Darso, Stefan Meisiek, and David Boje
Get your free copy here:
Information: The book is the outcome of an ‘OT summit’ that Learning Lab Denmark sponsored several years ago, where some of the leaders in the field of Organization Theater were invited to come, talk, and write. Kamille Friis also did some delightful drawings for the book, one which I think is a real pleasure to read. Many thanks to Lotte and Hilde Bollen for bringing this to us.
Daved Barry


The other thing that’s recently out is the 2nd volume of the journal ‘Aesthesis’ (published by our good Art of Mgmt. friends at the University of Essex). It’s quite a beautiful work—congratulations to everyone who made that issue happen. Of particular note for me is the essay by Vincent Degot on the manager as artist (which has been printed directly from his typewritten manuscript written some decades ago). I just enjoy looking at his type!
Daved Barry

Aesthetic Leadership

Three of our members - Hans Hansen, Arja Ropo, and Erika Sauer—just published a very nice paper on Aesthetic Leadership, in Leadership Quarterly. Have a look! I think it sets the stage for a lot more work in the area. Daved Barry
Authors: Hans Hansen, Arja Ropo, Erika Sauer
Journal: The Leadership Quarterly
Abstract:We introduce aesthetic leadership as a promising approach in leadership studies. Two current movements in leadership research, the inclusion of followers in leadership models and the exploration of subjective leadership qualities, make taking an aesthetic perspective in leadership especially attractive and timely. Aesthetics relates to felt meaning generated from sensory perceptions, and involves subjective, tacit knowledge rooted in feeling and emotion. We believe the aesthetics of leadership is an important, but little understood, aspect of organizational life. For example, while we know followers must attribute leadership qualities such as charisma and authenticity to leaders to allow for social influence, we know little about how these processes operate. We propose that followers use their aesthetic senses in making these assessments. We relate aesthetic leadership to several current topics in leadership research, and outline the assumptions and methods of aesthetic leadership.
Link: Science Direct

Thinking The Art of Managment: Stepping into 'Heidegger's Shoes'

Author: David Atkinson
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Those of you who may recall having met me at the Art of Management Conference, in either Paris (2004) or Krakow (2006), may remember that at that time I was doing my PhD part-time while setting up and running my own business. I was fortunate enough to complete my PhD in December 2006 for which I gained two major European awards (EFMD and EDAMBA). For those who may have an interest in my particularly take on the art of management - where the notion of Art transcends any particular craft skill - my work was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2007. The reprint of Vincent Degot's essay (see Aesthesis above) reminds me that it was this essay "A Portrait of the Manager as an Artist" that inspired some of my own argumentation.
Link for Abstract:

New Course: "Business as a Performance Art: Exploring Relationships between Passion, People, and Performance

Coles College of Business has accepted a proposal for a 4.5 day workshop for MBA students during an interim semester ( between Spring and Summer). The course will be a mix of tradtional topics informed by my recent dissertation research and additional 'aesthetic' inputs (intelligence, culture, method, metaphor). This is a first for me, and I believe a first for Southeast Universities. Happy to share the draft agenda. - Rochelle Mucha

Video: The Critical Pitch: La Grande Finale Parts 1 & 2

We have the pleasure of communicating the YouTube links for the two Sumup-Videos of our contribution to this years Haniel-seminars at St Gallen University in Switzerland. A team of 25 business students let Duchamp, Artaud, Debord and Schwitters inpire installations. As guest lecturers we had amongts others Daniel Libeskind and Peter Sloterdijk. Our event actually took place inside an installation by Daniel Libeskind in an art space close to the university. The whole course was made possible by a grant from the Haniel Foundation and the overall idea was developed with professors Chris Steyart and Tim Beyes; many thanks to them for this opportunity ...
As far as we know this is world premiere for a YouTube-assisted business school course on art&managment. If you connect to the YouTube there are a series of small videos we used to get inspired for the session we report in the two videos with links below. Pierre Guillet de Monthoux

Thinking from Within: A Hands-On Strategy Practice

published by Palgrave MacMillan.
Sue Congram's mail about her very interesting and topical new book on Education and Imagination prompted me to mention a book I published in 2006, when I was the Director of Swiss-based Imagination Lab Foundation (, which uses imagination and play as the primary sources of theory and creative arts as the main practice to shed new light on strategy making. I include the first chapter for those of you who may be interested.

Organisational Art - A Study of Art at Work in Organisations

Author: Martin Ferro-Thomson
ISBN: 87-91337-43-7. Download full paper (PDF 2 mb, 97 p., colour, lots of pictures)

Arts-and-business article

Authors: Ted Buswick, et al.
Two coauthors and I have recently had an arts-and-business article posted on the Web sites of what are arguably the two most influential arts and business organizations: The Arts & Business Council in the U.S. and Arts & Business in the U.K. We'd decided that the best way to reach our primary audience was to be on the leading Web sites.// - Ted Buswick,150,338__