Associate Professor of Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dr. Steven Taylor, has received a Fulbright Award to contribute his expertise in what he has coined as “organizational aesthetics,” by helping Massey University in New Zealand use organizational theatre to better connect with the local business community and impact the community at large.
Since July 10 and extending through the 13th of August, Taylor is helping Massey University develop collaborative and interdisciplinary activities that will touch on topics of authentic leadership, ethical practice, and art and craft of organizational design, which all fall into Taylor’s larger topic of organizational aesthetics.
According to Organizational Aesthetics, the online, open-source journal, of which Taylor is editor-in-chief, “Organizational Aesthetics is about how the five senses and artistry inform business, non-profit, and government organizations...Examples are the use of arts-based methods in organizations, theoretical accounts of aesthetic phenomena in organizations such as beautiful (or grotesque) leadership, and the art about/in/behind organizations.”
Taylor will hold a performance of his play “The Invisible Foot,” which combines themes of art and market economy for members of the Auckland business community and the University community to engage a dialogue on the use of theatre within organizations.
In addition to the performance, Dr. Taylor will also aid in the development of a new play based on a Massey doctoral student’s PhD research data about bullying in an organization, as well as hold theatre-based workshops based on status and what the implications of playing status are for leaders.
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