Workshop Series: Antonio strati
The seminar is meant to introduce the debate on the aesthetic dimension of work and organizational life, which attracted attention of organization scholars from the 1980s and 1990s. Its study burgeoned at the turn of the new millennium, and there are today four main approaches to the study of organizational aesthetics: (i) the archaeological approach which privileges the symbolic dimension of aesthetic understanding; (ii) the empathic-logical approach which seeks to grasp the pathos of organizational life; (iii) the aesthetic approach which emphasizes the negotiation of organizational aesthetics; (iv) the artistic approach which examines flow, creativity, and playfulness. They all engage in an intellectual controversy with approaches to the study of organizations which privilege the mental, cognitive, and rational dimension of social action by paying particular attention to the topics of the emancipation of people at work and the style of work and organizational practices.
Antonio Strati is Professor of Sociology of Innovation at the University of Trento, and is an Art Photographer. His book Organization and Aesthetics is published in English (Sage, 1999), in French (PUL, 2004), in Portuguese (FGV, 2007), and in Italian (Mondadori, 2008). He is also author of the book Theory and Method in Organization Studies (Sage, 2000) and of a number of essays that have appeared in international journals.