The Intermingling of Aesthetic Sensibilities and Instrumental Rationalities in a Collaborative Arts Studio
This article argues for the theoretical and practical incorporation of aesthetic sensibilities into the communicative management of hybrid organizing. Using Dewey's Art as Experience as a conceptual framework, it explores imaginative and aesthetic practices as knowledge-producing resources for organizing and social change. The analysis centers on the complex and contradictory ways that artful capacities and instrumental rationalities interweave to achieve the organizational order of a collaborative art studio. Using discourses from multiple stakeholders, this article examines in detail three themes: art as creation and vocation, art as ephemeral integration, and art as survival and social change. Findings are discussed in the context of other scholarship committed to recovering and fostering alternative logics for organizing.
aesthetics, hybrid organizing, irrationalities
Harter, Lynn M., Mark Leeman, Stephanie Norander, Stephanie L. Young, and William K. Rawlins. "The intermingling of aesthetic sensibilities and instrumental rationalities in a collaborative arts studio." Management Communication Quarterly 21, no. 4 (2008): 423-453.