Crafting organization

Wolfram Cox, Julie and Minahan, Stella 2002, Crafting organization, Culture and organization, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 209-244.

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Title Crafting organization
Author(s) Wolfram Cox, Julie
Minahan, Stella
Journal name Culture and organization
Volume number 8
Issue number 3
Start page 209
End page 244
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1475-9551
1477-2760
Keyword(s) organization theory
aesthetics
marginality
Summary The recent shift in attention away from organization studies as science has allowed for consideration of new ways of thinking about both organization and organizing and has led to several recent attempts to 'bring down' organizational theorizing. In this paper, we extend calls for organization to be represented as a creative process by considering organization as craft. Organizational craft, we argue, is attractive, accessible, malleable, reproducible, and marketable. It is also a tangible way of considering organization studies with irreverence. We draw on the hierarchy of distinctions among fine art, decorative art, and craft to suggest that understanding the organization of craft assists in complicating our understanding of marginality. We illustrate our argument by drawing on the case of a contemporary Australian craftworks and marketplace known initially as the Meat Market Craft Centre ('MMCC') and then, until its recent closure, as Metro! ‡ Stella Minahan was a board member and then the Chief Executive Officer of the Metro! Craft Centre.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2002, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004151

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