Emotional turmoil at the Bauhaus : problems of internal and external legitimacy : an historical case study

Minahan, Stella and Hartel, Charmine 2005, Emotional turmoil at the Bauhaus : problems of internal and external legitimacy : an historical case study, in EURAM 2005 : European Academy of Management Conference : Responsible management in an uncertain world, [EURAM], Munich, Germany, pp. 1-23.

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Title Emotional turmoil at the Bauhaus : problems of internal and external legitimacy : an historical case study
Alternative title Emotional turmoil at the Bauhaus
Author(s) Minahan, Stella
Hartel, Charmine
Conference name European Academy of Management. Conference (2005 : Munich, Germany)
Conference location Munich, Germany
Conference dates 4-7 May 2005
Title of proceedings EURAM 2005 : European Academy of Management Conference : Responsible management in an uncertain world
Editor(s) Dassauge, Pierre
Publication date 2005
Conference series European Academy of Management Conference
Start page 1
End page 23
Publisher [EURAM]
Place of publication Munich, Germany
Keyword(s) legitimacy
institutional theory
Bauhaus
emotions
case study
Summary Walter Gropius established the Bauhaus in Germany in 1919. The organization established one of the most important design movements of the twentieth century. The organization had a very brief existence and was fraught with disruptions and emotional turmoil. Despite the difficulties, Gropius managed to keep the organization alive long enough for its extraordinary creativity to be harnessed and developed. The organization closed in 1933, but by that time its legitimacy as a source of design and pedagogy was assured. Organizational survival is often dependent on government subsidies, support through sales, donations or sponsorships. A factor in attracting this support is the perceived legitimacy of the organisation. Legitimacy is defined as a degree of consensus that the meanings and behavior of an organisation are valid and desirable by society in
general. Legitimacy remains an undeveloped concept. This paper reviews relevant theories of legitimacy, considers the role of emotions in shaping legitimacy and the emotions evoked as legitimacy is negotiated by internal and external stakeholders. A historical case study of the Bauhaus provides the backdrop for portraying the focal role emotions can play in institutionalization. The paper concludes with a discussion of the lessons of legitimacy available to contemporary cultural organisations.
Language eng
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2005, EURAM
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30005597

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