PDW 05: Intersections: Connecting Agendas on Arts, Aesthetics, Creativity and Design --- CANCELLED!

Elena P. Antonacopoulou
University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Donatella De Paoli
BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Wendy Reid
HEC Montréal, Canada
Silviya Svejenova
Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Call for Applications

Round-table Facilitators & Panellists:
Santi Furnari, Cass Business School, United Kingdom
Elena Raviola, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Arja Ropo, University of Tampere, Finland
Stoyan V. Sgourev, ESSEC Business School, France
Barbara Slavich, IESEG School of Management, France
Ileana Stigliani, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Maria Laura Toraldo, Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland
Annukka Yrämä, Estonian Academy of Theatre and Music & Aalto University, Estonia & Finland


Interest in and research on arts, aesthetics, creativity, and design in relation to organization and organizing have grown over the years, delving into aspects of careers, work, leadership, management, practices, projects, and space, among others. However, scholars working in these domains have rarely come together to learn from each other and explore ways to collectively engage with issues of import for organizations, management and society.

This PDW seeks to bring together EGOSians from Arts Management, Cultural and Creative Industries, Design, Organizational Aesthetics, Organizational Space and other related communities, which have been gathering at EGOS in different sub-themes in recent years. Its purpose is to establish a dialogue, critically explore current work and new frontiers, and connect agendas in terms of research, learning, and engagement with society. It is also an excellent opportunity for scholars who work from within and across these domains to share experiences and engage in discussions on their work. We see great potential in bringing these communities and their respective agendas together as a platform for advancing new ideas for research and learning on managing, leading and organizing with humanity and professionalism.



The PDW will consist of 2 panel sessions and 2 round-tables sessions. In the first panel session, invited scholars representing work in the different communities will highlight current and future frontiers in their research domains. In the round-table sessions, participants’ papers on topics that explore issues related to organizing and art, aesthetics, creativity and design will be discussed. We invite original work, both empirical and conceptual; different theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches are welcome.
The PDW will conclude with a panel discussion on the potential for shared conversations and collaboration, which will engage invited scholars and participants in an interactive debate.
Field trip: In the afternoon, for those PDW participants who have time and interest, there will be an opportunity to socialize informally across the communities while exploring Tallinn’s vibrant arts and creative industries’ scene.



The workshop mainly targets early career researchers and doctoral students, but is also open to more experienced scholars who work in these fields of study and/or at their intersections.

Please submit – via the EGOS website – by April 30, 2018 a single document of application (.doc, .docx or .pdf file) that includes:

  • On the cover page, a short letter of application containing full details of name, contact (i.e., postal address, phone, and email), affiliation, date of PhD completion or stage in doctoral studies (if applicable);

  • A statement of why the applicant considers it valuable to attend the PDW, and an indication of which journal(s) will be targeted for submission after development at the workshop;A full paper dealing with issues related to art, aesthetics, creativity and design in and across organizations for development at the workshop.



  • Antonacopoulou, E.P., & Taylor, S. (2018a): Sensuous Learning for Practical Judgment in Professional Practice, Vol. 1: Arts-based Methods. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Antonacopoulou, E.P., & Taylor, S. (2018b): Sensuous Learning for Practical Judgment in Professional Practice, Vol. 2: Arts-based Interventions. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Austin, R.D., Hjorth, D., & Hessel, S. (2017): “How Aesthetics and Economy Become Conversant in Creative Firms.” Organization Studies, http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0170840617736940
  • Beyes, T. (2016): “Art, Aesthetics and Organization:” In: B. Czarniawska (ed.): A Research Agenda for Management and Organization Studies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 115–125.
  • DiMaggio, P. (ed.) (1986): Nonprofit Enterprise in the Arts: Studies in Mission and Constraint. Oxford University Press.
  • Eikhof, D.R., & Haunschild, A. (2007): „For art’s sake! Artistic and economic logics in creative production.” Journal of Organizational Behavior, 28, 523–538.
  • Fortwengel, J., Schüßler, E., & Sydow, J. (2017): “Studying organizational creativity as process: Fluidity or duality?” Creativity and Innovation Management, 26 (1), 5–16.
  • Jones, C., Svejenova, S., Strandgaard, J., & Townley, B. (2016): “Misfits, Mavericks, Mainstreams: Drivers of Innovation in the Creative Industries.” Organization Studies, 37 (6), 751–768.
  • Mainemelis, C., Kark, R., & Epitropaki, O. (2015): “Creative Leadership: A Multi-Context Conceptualization.” Academy of Management Annals, 9 (1), 393-482.
  • Moeran, B., & Strandgaard Pedersen, J. (eds) (2011): Negotiating Values in the Creative Industries: Fairs, Festivals and Competitive Events. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Paquette, J. (ed.) (2012): Cultural Policy, Work and Identity: The Creation, Renewal and Negotiation of Professional Subjectivities. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Ravasi, D., & Stigliani, I. (2012): “Product Design: a Review and Research Agenda for Management Studies.” International Journal of Management Review, 14, 464-488.
  • Raviola, E., & Sackarisasson, P. (eds.) (2017): Arts and Business: Building a Common Ground for Understanding Society. London: Routledge.
  • Rentschler, R. (2015): Arts Governance: People, Passion and Performance. London: Routledge.
  • Ropo, A., Salovaara, P., Sauer, E., & De Paoli, D. (2015): Leadership in Spaces and Places. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Sgourev, S.V. (2013): “How Paris Gave Rise to Cubism and Picasso: Ambiguity and Fragmentation in Radical Innovation.” Organization Science, 24 (6), 1601–1617.

Elena P. Antonacopoulou is Professor of Organizational Behaviour at the University of Liverpool Management School, UK, where she leads GNOSIS, a research initiative advancing impactful collaborative research in management and organization studies. Her principal research expertise lies in the areas of Organisational Change, Learning and Knowledge Management with a focus on the Leadership implications. Her research approach characteristically engages leading international researchers across disciplines, executive practitioners and policy-makers. Elena’s work is published widely in leading international journals and edited books and she held Editorship and Associate Editor roles for a range of leading international journals.
Donatella De Paoli is Associate Professor at the Department of Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at the Norwegian School of Business, Oslo, Norway. She introduced arts management and creative industries research at the business school; resulting in a bachelor program and several executive programs such as production mngt for film, TV and performative arts. Starting with research about managing the arts and creative industries, her research is now about aesthetics, art, digitalization and spatial practices in organizations. Some of the themes are: what leaders can learn from theatres in a digital age, critique of creative office spaces, leadership in spaces and the importance of embodiment and physicality in a digital age.
Wendy Reid is Associate Professor in the Management Department of HEC Montréal, Canda. While trained as a cellist, she also has a 25-year career in management of dance, music, museums and broadcasting in Canada. Her research interests focus on the managerial tensions and dynamics found in the intersection of leadership, governance and philanthropy found in the nonprofit arts field. She also has a long-standing interest in the situated implications of co-leadership in arts organizations.
Silviya Svejenova is Professor at the Department of Organization at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, Adjunct Professor at BI Norwegian Business School, Norway, and Guest Professor at WU Vienna, Austria. Her research is on organizing and managing for creativity and innovation, with emphasis on creative industries and power structures. At present, her research is on transient forms of organizing, change in executive power structures, and the visual, material and temporality dimensions of innovation. Silviya has been a member and Chair of the EGOS Board and one of the coordinators of the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) on Creative Industries (2012–2017).