Aesthetics from a design perspective

I.S. Lammers, M. Weggeman, J.M. Akkermans

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Purpose - This paper aims to explore the relationship between aspects of aesthetics and the performance of organizations. It outlines a research agenda for studying the impact of aesthetic factors upon organizational design and change. Design/methodology/approach - In the paper, a set of seven propositions is developed to address various aspects of organizational performance that are influenced by beauty in organizations. These propositions are based on a distinction between the concepts process aesthetics, product aesthetics and aesthetic sensibility. Findings - The hypotheses suggest that organizational performance might be enhanced by the beauty of products and services, and indirectly by the aesthetics of organizational work processes, organizational structures, the personal well-being of employees and organizational designers with a high degree of aesthetic sensibility. Research limitations/implications - The hypothesis in this paper should be tested by future researchers. Practical implications - The paper might enhance the awareness of practitioners of the practical value of aesthetics Originality/value - The paper adds to the new field of organizational aesthetics a performance-oriented approach based on a design perspective. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-358
JournalJournal of Organizational Change Management
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Lammers, I.S. ; Weggeman, M. ; Akkermans, J.M. / Aesthetics from a design perspective. In: Journal of Organizational Change Management. 2007 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 364-358.
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Aesthetics from a design perspective. / Lammers, I.S.; Weggeman, M.; Akkermans, J.M.

In: Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2007, p. 364-358.

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