Research Handbook of Responsible Management
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Research Handbook of Responsible Management

Edited by Oliver Laasch, Roy Suddaby, R. E. Freeman and Dima Jamali

Outlining origins of the field and latest research trends, this Research Handbook offers a unique and cutting-edge take on the numerous avenues to responsible management in the 21st century. Renowned contributors present iconic viewpoints that have formed the foundation of responsible management research, introducing cutting-edge conceptual lenses for the study of the responsible management process.
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Chapter 27: Beauty of responsible management: the lens and methodology of organizational aesthetics

Antonio Strati

Abstract

In this chapter, responsible management is examined through the lens of organizational aesthetics. The aesthetic approach to the study of organizational life, in fact, allows us to grasp the relevance of the aesthetic appreciation of responsible management, which resides in the intimate link between the aesthetic side and the ethical dimension of the social practices activated for the responsible management of organizational processes. This interweaving of “beauty” and “good” highlighted by the aesthetic understanding of responsible management is further illustrated and discussed in the chapter by referring to “Italian industrial design” created at Olivetti, a manufacturer of typewriters and computers: its design has become the international emblem of Italian design for its deep connection with Olivetti's responsible and humanistic management.

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