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6 The Social Negotiation of Aesthetics and Organisational Democracy

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This chapter explores and discusses the question: What implications do organisational aesthetics have for issues concerning organisational democracy? by the illustration of principal sociological issues raised in recent study of organisational aesthetics. It more closely explores the links between Simmel's sociology and aesthetic organisational research. The chapter concludes the part by returning to Lodge's story in order to complete its analysis in light of the aesthetic approach to the organisation. The study of social negotiation of an organisation's aesthetic is sociologically relevant because of its implications for expanding the criteria of organisational citizen and democracy in everyday working life by including in them the principal features of aesthetic dimension of organisational life. The social negotiation of aesthetics is a fundamental component of aesthetic study of organisational life, and that it is central to all four of the approaches into which aesthetic organisational research articulates: archaeological, empathic-logical, aesthetic, and artistic.

Keywords: artistic approach; organisational aesthetics; organisational democracy; social negotiation



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