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The Music of Organisations: an Aesthetic Ethnography

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dc.contributor.advisor Barry, David
dc.contributor.advisor Jackson, Brad Bathurst, Ralph James 2008-06-26T04:45:45Z 2008-06-26T04:45:45Z 2006 2006
dc.description.abstract Arts-based expressions are becoming an increasingly important for understanding and improving business practice. More specifically, drama, painting and music are all artistic tools being used as ways of helping leaders gain insights into organisational life. However, there is a gap between art as a consulting practice, and its theoretical underpinning. Organisational aesthetics is a relatively new theory of organisations that endeavours to close the gap between the theoretical underpinnings of art and its application as a consulting practice. This thesis contributes to the theory-building efforts of this rapidly expanding field by exploring and developing a novel research methodology: Aesthetic Ethnography. This method is a means whereby researchers work at the arts-business nexus to investigate the ever-changing landscape of organisational life. In order to show how this occurs, the Auckland Philharmonia is offered as an exemplar. Its developments are observed during a time of governance restructure. As an aesthetic ethnography, the case study positions the orchestra as a work of art and describes how it is intentionally presenced as an artistic piece. Its concretisation is described as a construct by both the researcher and the stakeholders within the enterprise, occurring in three ethnographic movements: Emotional Attachment, Cognitive Detachment and Integrated Synthesis. The thesis concludes that the aesthetic lens can be turned on other artistic enterprises, and indeed beyond these, to the wider organisational world. To do this, further research is proposed into the music of organisations. Specifically, it is suggested that the nature of ensemble be explored and that the artistry of composition be used as a way of further teasing out the musicality of organisational life. Furthermore, music's temporality and its reliance on both fixed structure and sensitivity to the moment make it an apt tool to reflect on management practice. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Organisational management en_NZ
dc.subject Organisational practice en_NZ
dc.subject Organisational change en_NZ
dc.title The Music of Organisations: an Aesthetic Ethnography en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit Victoria Management School en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 350200 Business and Management en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Doctoral Thesis en_NZ Management en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Doctoral en_NZ Doctor of Philosophy en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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