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‘And if I don’t want to work like an artist...?’ How the study of artistic resistance enriches organizational studies

Biehl-Missal, B (2013) '‘And if I don’t want to work like an artist...?’ How the study of artistic resistance enriches organizational studies.' ephemera theory & politics in organization, 13 (1). ISSN 1473-2866

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Abstract

An increasing number of artists, from theatre makers to painters, critique recent aesthetic developments in organizational life.* One of their topics is the relation between work and freedom, as employees, like artists, are required to bring fully into work their subjectivity and emotional motivation. This paper presents several contemporary examples and a case of the theatre maker Ren� Pollesch whose plays show the dark side of these role models, leaving the audience to draw its own, bitter conclusions. It is proposed in this paper that organizational studies should consider these forms of ?artistic resistance? more systematically. Artistic resistance goes beyond extant critical intellectual approaches to organization studies: Its presentational form provides an aesthetic experience, and conveys both embodied and tacit forms of knowing in fuller, richer and stimulating ways. The paper discusses implications for organizational theory building (for example with regard to work models and the use of arts for organizational development), and research methods (scholarly applications of arts-based methods for the generation and presentation of research findings).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: theatre; art; resistance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 18:49
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6177

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