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Managing with Passion: An Exploration in Organizational Aesthetics PAUL SHRIVASTAVA, Bucknell University, [email protected] MICHELLE COOPER, Artist, [email protected] Outline Issues: Emotions, Passion, Managing with Passion Method: Aesthetics, Organizational Aesthetics, Embodied Learning

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managing with passion an exploration in organizational aesthetics

Managing with Passion:An Exploration in Organizational Aesthetics

PAUL SHRIVASTAVA, Bucknell University, [email protected]

MICHELLE COOPER, Artist, [email protected]

outline
Outline
  • Issues: Emotions, Passion, Managing with Passion
  • Method: Aesthetics, Organizational Aesthetics, Embodied Learning
  • Research Setting: Argentine Tango as Embodiment of Management Skills
  • Experience Passion: – Demo, Dance Tango
  • Discussion – Role of Passion in Organizations & in Life
emotions passion managing with passion
Emotions, Passion, Managing with Passion
  • Emotions, emotional knowledge, is critical but a taboo in organizations.
  • “Managing” is supposedly rational, analytical, & objective. Little space is given to subjectivity, emotions, passion, or intuition.
  • Yet, no great human feat was accomplished without Passion and emotional engagement.
  • Passion refers to deep emotional commitment and engagement – it is an embodied experience – using body, mind, and spirit/emotions.
  • Aesthetics is a path to understanding passion & emotional life of organizations
my interest in managing with passion
My Interest in Managing with Passion
  • Origins - Founding and running eSocrates, Inc.
  • Passionate entrepreneurs in the incubator, at VC Conferences.
  • Engaging body (90 hour weeks), mind (planning, strategizing, designing software) and emotions (elation-depression cycles).
  • Reading philosophy, sociology, and neurology of emotions & passion.
  • Taking up dance (Argentine Tango) as an aesthetic medium.
method aesthetics
Method: Aesthetics
  • Beauty is an enduring virtue, there is truth in beauty
  • Aesthetics = sensory knowledge and felt meaning of objects and experiences.
  • Reason and logic often contrasted with emotion and feeling
  • What they have in common is that both are sources of knowledge and generate meanings we rely and act on.
  • Aesthetic inquiry seeks sensory and emotional knowledge, inter-subjective truth
  • Mode of inquiry is Art – painting, music, dance, drama, theater
  • Art v/s Science> Art+Science> Art as Science
  • Dance your dissertation http://gonzolabs.org/dance/contestants/
organizational aesthetics
Organizational Aesthetics
  • Organizations/Organizing need beauty, art and creativity.
  • Organizational aesthetics – sensory knowledge and felt meaning of organizational objects/processes, use of artful methods, artistic innovations.
  • Organizational Relevance of Aesthetics –
    • Creativity in tech, ads, communications, entrepreneurship
    • Aesthetic Practices –Architecture, Apple’s product design, Texas Death Row Narratives
    • Links to larger social, ecological, life context
  • Organizational Scholarship - AACORN, Aesthesis Journal
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Research Setting: Dance, Argentine Tango as a Vehicle for Managing with Passion
  • Dance - an expressive art, social, cross cultural, historical
  • Argentine Tango – Social dance, 1880s immigrant to global citizens,
  • Argentine Tango - an embodiment of management values and skills - improvisation, communication, teamwork, leadership, and community development. 
  • These managing skills are practiced by couples in social Tango dancing
argentine tango music dance culture of passion
Argentine Tango: Music, dance, culture of Passion
  • emotional music with complex intellectual themes (love, loyalty, relationships, beauty, loss, nostalgia, abandonment)
  • physical sensual, aware
  • Connection and communication
  • Socialization and community
readings
Readings
  • Nussbaum, M. Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions, London: Cambridge University Press, London 2001
  • Hopfl, H. (Ed.), The aesthetics of organization . London: Sage, 2000.
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Demo
  • Leadership (make follower feel beautiful, secure, learn follower steps)
  • Teamwork (self-practice, synchronicity aesthetic)
  • Communication (via gaze, smile, embrace, weight shift, steps, torso, arms, legs)
  • Community
experiencing passion embodied knowing
Experiencing Passion - Embodied Knowing
  • Conceptual/Intellectual to Sensory/Emotional
  • Aesthetic Experience v/s Prepositional Knowing
  • Towards holistic embodied learning
emotional infrastructure of organizations
Emotional Infrastructure of Organizations
  • Organizations have an “emotional infrastructure”, much like they have a physical infrastructure (land, plant and facilities) and a technology infrastructure (info systems, equipment, processes).
  • Passion skills can provide access to emotional infrastructure composed of moods, climate, assumptions, culture, goodwill, beliefs, mutual trust and authenticity.
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