Organizational decoration : a new metaphor for organization development

Wolfram Cox, Julie and Minahan, Stella 2006, Organizational decoration : a new metaphor for organization development, Journal of applied behavioral science, vol. 42, no. 2, pp. 227-243, doi: 10.1177/0021886306286444.

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Title Organizational decoration : a new metaphor for organization development
Author(s) Wolfram Cox, Julie
Minahan, Stella
Journal name Journal of applied behavioral science
Volume number 42
Issue number 2
Start page 227
End page 243
Publisher Sage
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 0021-8863
Keyword(s) aesthetics
organizational consultation
Summary The authors call for the introduction of a new metaphor, organizational decoration, to provide a way of conceiving organizational development (OD) as an aesthetic endeavor. First, this is a response to recent calls for fresh and more interdisciplinary approaches to thinking about the practice of OD. Second, it is a provocation, for their choice of decoration is also a call for greater humility in OD’s ambitions. Rather than seek a more strategic or architectural role for OD, organizational decoration works instead at the surface and in the realm of the aesthetic. And within that realm the authors have deliberately chosen decoration over design (a term far more familiar to OD) because decoration more closely represents the ordinary and often temporary contributions that the authors advocate. Implications of moving OD down-market are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0021886306286444
Field of Research 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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