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Will It Work? Theatrical Rehearsal As Relational Form Giving Process


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  • Zandee, Danielle
  • Broekhuijsen, Marijke

    (Nyenrode Business Universiteit)

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    At the beginning of the 21st century there is a growing interest in the renewal of current thinking about managing and organizing. This study joins that search for novelty with an exploration of what can be learned from the theatrical rehearsal for the development of new possibilities for organizational performance and design. What insights for organizational renewal emerge from the dynamics of the rehearsal as a practice of artful making? We describe the rehearsal around the four distinct organizing principles of responsiveness, workability, unsettledness and embodiment. Taken together these principles expand the existing repertoire for organizational and managerial practice. The rehearsal shows how to nurture form giving processes in organizations through which innovative performance alternatives can be shaped and performed Key words: organizational renewal, theatre and organization, managing as designing, organizational aes

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    Paper provided by Nyenrode Business Universiteit in its series Nyenrode Research Papers Series with number NRI09-19.

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    Date of creation: 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:dgr:nijrep:2009-19

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    1. Steven S. Taylor & Hans Hansen, 2005. "Finding Form: Looking at the Field of Organizational Aesthetics," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(6), pages 1211-1231, 09.
    2. Timothy Clark & Iain Mangham, 2004. "From Dramaturgy to Theatre as Technology: The Case of Corporate Theatre," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 41(1), pages 37-59, 01.
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