Organizational Aesthetics, Organizational Behavior & Change
Bringing art into organizations implies also impact on sensory perception: the visual artwork, music, distrubing noise or uneasy silence. Art and aesthetics enable creation of references to stories and experiences, creating awareness of routines, encorporated processes and embodied knowledge. In order to better understand how art affects individuals in organizations, Claudia explored aspects of certain organizational behavior and their entanglement with aesthetics and art in her research projects as Assistant Professor at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, and Visiting Researcher at Copenhagen Business School.
- Study on the entanglement of art, communication, and status behavior in organizations.
- Study on the embodiment of knowledge workers.
- Exploration of the interplay of rhythms, architecture, and noise in organizational behavior through artistic investigation.
- Research into the embodiment of art, craft, and production processes.
Artistic Initiatives and Residencies in Organizations
Artistic initiatives – or arts-based interventions – in organizations seem to be a curious thing. Why are organizations like corporations, industrial production companies, consultancies, creative agencies or scientific and governmental organizations interested to invite art and artists into their processes? Claudia’s research went into several directions to explore this question through a meta-study on cases of artistic initiatives in organizations that claimed effects of these interventions. She analyzed these claims from organizational theoretical and art theoretical points of view. Why should managers, scientists, consultants, craftspeople and artists be interested in realizing these joint initiatives? Claudia explored this question that led me to categorized types of arts-based initiatives, mainly based on the three possibilities: working with the artist, applying artistic processes, and experiencing artwork. Also claimed effects – on organizations, teams, individuals and processes in the organization – where categorized. Problems of instrumentatization of art, effects on the artist, and artistic freedom were additional central aspects of the discussion of the outcome of this study.
In the course of further research, case studies and in-depth qualitative interviews in diverse organizations (residency projects in a production company, residencies and artistic collaboration in a creative agency, arts-based initatives in a corporation in a building company, small and medium-sized craftmanship organizations, office work, service organization) led Claudia to explore specific questions like embodied knowledge, organizational aesthetics and gestures in work processes, artistic initiatives and change in organizations, creation of liminal spaces, and enhancement of creative processes.
Results can be found in various of her publications, including her doctoral dissertation, a book chapter on creativity, journal articles on artistic initiatives and liminality, rites of passage, gestures and resistance, and an overview of formats and effects of artistic initiatives in a more descriptive journal contribution.