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The essays in this volume explore alternatives to rational and positivist perspectives on management. The papers trace the rise of aesthetics in management studies and include review papers and articles that focus on fashion, narrative, theatre, music and craft.

Organization students and scholars are able to trace the rise of aesthetics in management studies through the papers presented in this volume. The papers are arranged for individual review or thematic explorations of aesthetic thinking including review papers and articles that focus on fashion, narrative, theatre, music and craft. This volume is a major contribution for those seeking alternatives to rational and positivist perspectives on management and who are willing to explore those alternatives beyond the usual disciplinary bases.

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Part I The Aesthetic Turn: Arts and Appreciation in Organization and Management: Aesthetic understanding of organizational life, A. Strati
Finding form: looking at the field of organizational aesthetics, S. Taylor and H. Hansen
Strategy retold: toward a narrative view of strategic discourse, D. Barry and M. Elmes
Organizational kitsch, S. Linstead
The labour of aesthetics and the aesthetics of organization, A. Witz, C. Warhurst and D. Nickson. Part II Following and Framing Management Fashion: Rhetoric and myth in management fashion, A. Kieser
A fantasy theme analysis of Peter Senge's learning organization, B.G. Jackson
Haute couture and prêt-a-porter: the popular press and the diffusion of management practices, C. Mazza and J.L. Alvarez
Management fashion as image-spectacle: the production of best-selling management books, T. Clark and D. Greatbatch. Part III From Fashion to Fiction: Narrative and Storytelling Approaches: The storytelling organization: a study of performance in an office-supply firm, D. Boje
Organizational story and storytelling: a critical review, M.E. Boyce
A four times told tale: combining narrative and scientific knowledge in organization studies, B. Czarniawska
Narratives of organizational identity and identification: a case study of hegemony and resistance, M. Humphreys and A.D. Brown. Part IV The Theatre and Performance of Management: Management as a performing art, I. Mangham
The cultural performance of control, R. Munro
Playing the part: reflections on aspects of mere performance in the customer-client relationship, H. Höpfl
From dramaturgy to theatre as technology: the case of corporate theatre,T. Clark and I Mangham
Spectacular metaphors: from theatre to cinema, T. Wood. Part V Management Impro: Jazz and Beyond: Improvisation as a mindset for organizational analysis, K.E. Weick
Creativity and improvisation in jazz and organizations: implications for organizational learning, F.J. Barrett
Towards a theory of organizational improvisation: looking beyond the jazz metaphor, K. Kamoche, M.P. Cunha and J.V. Cunha
The complexity of improvisation and the improvisation of complexity: social science, art and creativity, A. Montuori. Part VI Crafting Management and Management Studies: Crafting strategy, H. Mintzberg
Crafting organization, J. Wolfram Cox and S. Minahan
Essai: on paragrammatic uses of organizational theory—a provocation, Y. Gabriel
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