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We live a time of constant calls for affect, creation, innovation, imagination, intuition, play and improvisation, supposedly necessary to manage contemporary organizations in an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Despite this, it has been more than three decades since the first French international special issue on the links between art and organizations (Benghozi, 1987), and almost twenty years since the RIPCO dedicated one to the topic. We thus wanted to offer an update with this special issue calling for an aesthetic perspective that explores how and why aesthetics, art and its practices influence organizational behaviors, perceptions, representations and research. By taking an aesthetic perspective, we invited authors to deconstruct and/or rethink the links and interactions between humans and structures, subjective and concrete experiences, or individual micro, meso and macro-organizational levels – in line with the identity of the RIPCO and with recent developments in the academic literature.
Belief is spreading that the value creation generated by organizations does not simply come from rational and linear processes, but is more and more linked to the lived experience of their members, to their emotions and the energy they put in their activities and the development of new ideas – things that arts would be susceptible to stimulate (Carlucci & Schiuma, 2018). For example, dance-based interventions can help the acquisition and reinforcement of innovative skills (Bozic Yams, 2018)…

Philippe Mairesse
Philippe Mairesse is Associate Professor at ICN Business School and member of CEREFIGE research center as well as manager of the UNESCO chair “Art and science in the context of sustainable development objectives”. He validates a double doctorate in Organizational Sciences (Utrecht University of Humanities) and Arts (Paris 1 La Sorbonne). His interests are art and management, fair entrepreneurship, artistic methods for research and management, innovative pedagogy. Philippe’s collective artistic practices outside of the art market led him to do research on artistic interventions in the organization, which led me to write my thesis based on my interventions in business (2010-2014). He is also Founder and manager of the artistic companies Accès Local (1998) and GRORE IMAGES (1993) and member of several international research and teaching networks (EGOS; AACORN / Arts Aesthetics Creativity & Organisation Research Network; MOST (Marchés, Organisations, Société et Technologies), Paris Dauphine).
Yoann Bazin
Yoann BAZIN is an associate professor at EM Normandie on the Oxford campus. He teaches business ethics, management and critical thinking. His research focuses on the links between business and society, business ethics and fluid organizations. His work has been published in Organization Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, European Management Review and M@n@gement. He is a founding member of the Société de Philosophie des Sciences de Gestion (SPSG), created in 2011, of which he was president until this year.
Géraldine Schmidt
Géraldine Schmidt is a Professor at IAE Paris (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) where she was Director of Research from 2001 to 2019 and Scientific Director of the Mutations Anticipations Innovations / MAI Chair from 2008 to 2018. She teaches strategic management, human resources management and research methodologies. Her research focuses on the analysis of restructuring practices in market and non-market organizations (underlying strategies, negotiation and implementation processes and effects). She uses qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods in her work, but also art-based methods. In particular, she has actively participated in two large-scale research projects on the links between art and management (European project “Art et restructurations” and ANR ABRIR project, “Art et mutations critiques : enjeux pour l’art et pour le management”).
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