By D. Atkinson

Management-science or management-art? this article addresses this question via a philosophy of an art-related administration perform, contributing a paradigmatic thesis of administration practiced as an art-form. It is going past the extension of aesthetic realizing to administration and association learn to help knowing of administration.

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It is the often overwhelming nature of the mathematically and dynamically complex environment that contributes ambiguity, uncertainty and a certain unease of the “unknown”, or the “absent other”. I shall go on to argue the organization as a potentially “sublime” environment, within which the contemporary manager will be advantaged by possessing an aesthetic faculty to approach the unknown, the complex and the ambiguous, in order to facilitate the management of issues within it. It is one thing to use the word Art in a popular management title, as a “marketing edge”, separating a book’s concepts and ideas from those that have gone before, lifting it into a privileged position in the manner of a highly regarded Artwork.

Paradoxically, this objectification of culture fuels the concern of postmodernism, because it fails to encourage the interpretative value of narrative and its corollary of a “good story”; where, as Demerath (2002:208) comments, good stories may be both about 20 Thinking the Art of Management something good as well as something bad. Rather, as Nash (2001:79) observes, the paradox of the cultural turn is that postmodern theory sees social life as radically unstable; where a measure of stability is only maintained through the manipulation of symbol and meaning to secure collective identities.

The concern of this text is, however, the specific use of these terms in the context of a commercial organization. 18 Within this bounded universe, I follow Chaney (2002:8) in noting that the term “culture” is profoundly effective, in that it makes sense of the variety of the social, offering a mode of explanation with infinite scope. ’ But the organization is also 37 38 Thinking the Art of Management commonly to be understood, in concretized terms, as this or that organization. It might, for example, be a legal entity in its own right, with a specific location, and employing a given population.

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