Organizations are multi-faceted social phenomena that comprise cognitive, material, affective, and aesthetic aspects. The
sub-plenary will open a debate on the role of “beauty” in and around organizations. The “beautiful” can take on many different
meanings and facets: it can manifest both in tangible and intangible forms; it is culturally and temporally anchored; and
it can be both an aspect of organizing and an outcome of organizing.
The panelists will discuss issues around the ambiguity inherent in the value of high-end luxury goods, efforts to configure the world as something worthy of intellectual interaction, and the queer aesthetic of imperfection that points to the embodied and sensual possibilities of incompleteness.
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
University of Edinburgh Business School, United Kingdom
Winchester School of Art & University of Southampton, UK
University of St. Gallen,