Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412954006 | Print ISBN: 9781412949729 | Online ISBN: 9781412954006| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 48: Artistic Methods and Business Disorganization
Lee Devin & Robert D. Austin
Artistic methods and business disorganization The idea that artists' work can usefully inform business practice has gained support in recent years. Managers have long described some business activities as “more art than science.” By this, however, they have usually meant that they do not understand the activity and cannot do it reliably themselves. In this view, artistic methods and art-like activities are personal and intuitive—even magical—not yet sufficiently analyzed, routinized, or rationalized to be trustworthy. Authors such as Adler (2006), however, note that an increasing number of companies are abandoning the notion that art practice within business signifies a problem; they have embraced artistic processes in approaches to strategic and day-today management, leadership, and teamwork. Management researchers, too, have drawn practical lessons from artistic methods in design (Bolland & Collopy, 2004), music (Hackman, 2002; R. Zander & B. Zander, 1998), theatre (Austin & Devin, 2003), and other areas. Scholars have ...