Steve Taylor

The Age of Loneliness

Goffman (1959) taught us how we could understand organizations as theatre. In his academic work Steve Taylor has been more interested in how plays are used within organizations (e.g. Nissley, Taylor, & Houden, 2004; Steven S. Taylor, 2000, 2003, 2008) as an example of a much larger movement of the use of arts-based methods within organizations (cf Steven S. Taylor & Ladkin, 2009). Alongside his academic work, Steve have written plays as a different way of thinking – even theorizing (Steven S. Taylor, 2000) – about organizations. Believing that artistic understanding embraces its inherent subjectivity and is well suited for making meaning in complex phenomena such as organizations.

Steve has debuted a play at AoMO conferences since 2002 and this year is no different! Saturday September 3rd 2016 sees the inaugural performance of The Age of Loneliness. In The Age of Loneliness, June, a young playwright struggles with what comes after her success with her play, The Adventures of Yahweh and Kapital (seen previously in, The Invisible Foot). Can Yahweh and Kapital get along, what sort of relationship will they have, can they survive in a post-growth world, should she even keep writing the play? If this truly is the end of the neo-liberal consensus, what comes next? Can an omnipotent, immortal die?


Steve Taylor’s Play at the Art of Management and Organization Conferences

The Age of Loneliness. 2016. Bled, Slovenia.

Through the Reading Glasses. 2014. Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Invisible Foot. 2012. York, England.

Cow Going Abstract. 2008. Banff, Canada.

Blasphemy & Doubt. 2006. Krakow, Poland.

Ties That Bind. 2004. Paris, France.

Soft Targets. 2002. London, England.



Goffman, Erving. (1959). The presentation of self in everyday life. New York: Doubleday.

Nissley, Nick, Taylor, Steven S., & Houden, Linda. (2004). The politics of performance in organizational theatre-based training and interventions. Organization Studies, 25(5), 817-840.

Taylor, Steven S. (2000). Aesthetic knowledge in academia:  Capitalist pigs at the academy of management. Journal of Management Inquiry, 9(3), 304-328.

Taylor, Steven S. (2003). Knowing in your gut and in your head:  Doing theater and my underlying epistemology of communication. Management Communication Quarterly, 17(2), 272-279.

Taylor, Steven S. (2008). Theatrical Performance as Unfreezing: Ties That Bind at the Academy of Management. Journal of Management Inquiry, 17(4), 398-406.

Taylor, Steven S., & Ladkin, Donna. (2009). Understanding arts-based methods in managerial development. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 8(1), 55-69.


Thursday night is music night @AoMO

Miha Pogacnik

Miha Pogacnik is a visionary, a violinist and an exceptional virtuoso, both on the musical stage as well as on the management platform. He is the creative force behind cultural and diplomatic missions; his music is the medium for his thoughts and his vision development. Miha is actively engaged in cultural, business and political spheres as well as academia and civil society. His visions had led him to explore influence of formative principles of Art on evolution of society. It is his practical insight that creative environments need to be developed. On a raised resonance platform Art forces attract, “compose” and bind together different social fields. His method of interdisciplinary transfer from musical masterpieces to leadership and cultural development, inspiring scores of global companies such as Shell, Novartis, ING, Porsche, Nike and Microsoft, leading business schools, UN agencies and gatherings like Alpbach and the World Economic Forum.When on stage, his audiences experience the power of classical music on organizational transformation and his exceptional capacity to provoke “thinking out of the box”. Through his genius and deep insight into human existence, Pogačnik ’s methodology builds on powerful synergies between intellect and emotion as a crucial factor for true leadership and innovation.

On Thursday evening, in the beautiful surroundings of the town of Radovljica, you will be seated among the Terra Parzival Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Elmar Lampson) to experience the process and performance of Beethoven Violin Concerto Op 61. Through his method of “performance disruption”, Miha will guide you through the “musical architecture of feelings”, exploring a unique learning environment for leadership development. Through this process of musicality, emotionality, leadership and visual arts you will be encouraged to reflect on a number of issues; including whether it is possible to find solutions to pressing organizational dilemmas in the parallel world of a musical masterpiece? And whether it is possible for the musical drama of a classical Sonata to heal the contemporary omnipresent “crisis of meaning” by revisiting the sacred human creative biography?

You can find out more about Miha’s work at

Miha Lecture and performance for EU Ministers of Environment (1)

Miha Pogacnik

Miha Pogacnik Profile

Resource Requirement Forms

If your contribution to the conference requires anything other than access to the usual projector, computer and PowerPoint software in a conventional seminar room set up then I need you to fill out a RRF (Resource Requirement Form_) and send it asap to
Even if you have sent this information to your stream convenor I need you to send it directly to me using the attached form. I need this information by the 15th June at the latest in order to compile a draft program whilst I am in Slovenia next week. I appreciate this is a tight turnaround but it is vital information when planning a complex and creative conference like AoMO.
Thank you all for your co-operation in advance

Full Paper Deadline 1st August 2016

AoMO confereessay.jpgnces do not require delegates to submit a full conference paper, however, for those of you who need to produce a full paper in order to secure funding the deadline will be 1st August 2016.

All full papers will be included in the published conference proceedings post-conference but only abstracts will be made available during the conference.

Please submit full conference papers to All emails should have the titled ‘Full Paper [author(s) name]. Please send as Word documents in order for the files to be easily integrated for publication. Files names should be in the format [author(s) name].doc



Artist in Residence & Bursary Awards

Dear All

After careful peer-review we have now awarded  the Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence scholarship and the financial bursaries for 2016.

We received an unprecedented number of applications to both awards and the quality was outstanding. Due to our very limited financial resources we were only able to make awards to a fraction of those who applied. If you did apply for a bursary award and you have not been contacted by AoMO then this means your application was unsuccessful this year.

Congratulations to those who were successful.

Next week will see the official announcement of AoMO’s 2016 Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence… so stay tuned!

Jenna, Steve T & Steve L

Important AoMO Update from Jenna

Dear AoMO

So, today was my first day at the helm of organising AoMO 2016 and as you can imagine there is lots to be getting to grips with; not least budgets, program, catering, mailing, resources and most of all making this conference as AoMOy as we have all come to expect!

To make that happen requires lots of hard work (and late nights) to ensure I have a complete understanding of your individual requirements. Ian and the IEDC team have been doing a sterling job, but now I need to get up to speed as quickly as possible!

I think the best way I can ensure this happens is if we do the following:

1. Please copy into any correspondence about the conference.
2. If you have sent an email to either Ian Sutherland or the and are awaiting a response could you please resend to immediately.

In return, I promise to respond to every email within 1 week.

I will be in Slovenia from the 16th-19th June when Ian and I will be going over the program, resource requirements and scheduling in fine grained detail.

Could I also encourage everyone who has yet to register to do so asap and for those of you who have yet to pay the invoice from the IEDC to look to make those arrangements as a matter of urgency. Accommodation in the close vicinity is also sparse in the summer as Bled is a tourist destination. The IEDC are currently holding a number of discounted rooms at local hotels for AoMO delegate use but there is only so long these offers will be available for!

Let’s get booking guys…. we have just 3 months to go!

Really looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new AoMOers in September.

Best wishes and keep in touch


Apologies to those of you who are unable to join us at the 8th Art of Management & Organization conference on the 1st-4th September 2016 in Lake Bled, Slovenia, we are in the process of compiling a conference delegate mailing list but for now this is the best way for me to contact you all.1280px-Bled_(8898155264).jpg


Important News AoMO 2016

Dear AoMOers

It is with great pleasure (and a hint of regret) that we can announce Dr Ian Sutherland’s appointment as Dean of the School of Music, Memorial University, in Canada. Ian is an influential thinker in our community and it is wonderful to see his versatility, creativity and management skill being recognised by such a prestigious institution.


Ian will officially relinquish his current post as Deputy Dean at the IEDC in Bled, Slovenia on July 4th 2016. Consequently, and with much regret, given his new responsibilities and the practicalities of a transatlantic move, Ian will be unable to attend AoMO2016 in Slovenia.


In light of this, Jenna will step-in and from June 1st 2016 be the lead organiser of AoMO2016. The conference will run, as planned, from the 1st-4th September 2016 at the IEDC in Bled, Slovenia. Ian and the IEDC team have an amazing schedule of events lined up for us and we would like to thank Ian, in particular, for his continued commitment to the planning and organisation of the AoMO 2016 conference.


Please continue to use the email address for all conference correspondence. Ian and Jenna have set up a period of hand-over and hope that any disruption or inconvenience to the AoMO community will be kept to a minimum. We thank you for your patience during this period of transition and look forward to seeing you all at Lake Bled in September. For those who have not yet registered and made accommodation arrangements, we strongly urge you to do so at your earliest convenience. You can find further information and the online registration at the IEDC conference website at the following link:

So, congratulations to Ian – we wish him much luck and he has promised to consider the possibility of hosting an AoMO conference in Canada… we are going to hold you to that Ian!


Best wishes

Jenna, Steve T and Steve L

AoMO Copenhagen 2014

The 7th AoMO Conference, 2014

Creativity and Design

Date: 28-31 August 2014

Hosted by: Copenhagen Business School

Conference Theme: Creativity + Design

To maintain continuity, as creativity has always been both a theme and a characteristic of The Art of Management and Organization Conference, the 2014 conference also highlighted design, and the interrelation between these two themes. The interrelation focused upon both the design of creativity, as some kind of structure is often needed to spark creativity (e.g. the Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier), and also creative design, underlining the idea that design is not purely rational but also a creative process in the arts, industries and organizations.


The design of the conference theme had at least the following four purposes:


  1. to show how creativity and design can be, and often is, two sides of the same coin


  1. to display the diversity of design, from structural design (e.g. Mintzberg, 1983) to improvisation where the interplay between structure and improvisation is highlighted (e.g. Kamoche, 2002) and further yet to seeing design as process (e.g. Weick, 2001).


  1. to encourage design industries and those researching them to become a more visible part of the Art of Management and Organization Conference and community e.g. architecture, fashion, furniture.


  1. to highlight the creativity of Denmark and Danish design (e.g. fashion, food, furniture, and porcelain)


Kamoche, K.N., Pina e Cunha, M. & Vieira da Cunha, J. (eds.) (2002): Organizational Improvisation. London, Routledge. Mintzberg, H. (1983): Structures in Fives: Designing Effective Organizations. New Jersey, Prentice-Hall.  Weick, K.E. (2001): Making Sense of The Organization. Oxford (UK), Blackwell.


Conference Highlights

2014 saw AoMO host 14 specialized streams that focus around the Creativity and Design theme, which were:


  • The Life of Organization Through Performative Poetry
  • Dance, Choreography and Organization
  • The Disruptive Potential of Art Based Approaches
  • Integrative Art-based Initiatives for Enhancing Strategic Design and Business Innovation
  • Spaces of Precarious Condition: Bridging Cultures, Designs and World Views
  • Fashioning the Organization in the Creative City
  • Art of Management: Sustainability Performance
  • Studio Pedagogy for Management Education
  • Art as Process – Process as Art
  • Design Thinking and Social Justice
  • Free the Goat: Art Initiatives in Management and University Education
  • Curating Realities for Group Creativity
  • Spatial Aesthetics and the Experience of Materiality
  • Organizing Creativity as ‘sensemaking’ – Processual Perspectives on Artistic Projects


Plenary sessions included:

Arts-Based Experience: an example by Krista Petäjäjärvi, Finnish performance artist

Keynote Speech by Daniel Birnbaum, Director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm

The Economic Body, a performance by Anna-Mi Fredriksson, dancer and founder of Art Division at Stockholm School of Economics

Through the Reading Glasses, a staged reading of a play by Steven S. Taylor, playwright and academic

Related Downloads

Conference Proceedings Creativity and Design 2014

You can find out more about the 2014 AoMO conference by following this link



Creativity and Design


Full Paper Submissions

Art of Management & Organization

Original Paper Submission Guidelines


Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 31st. 2400 (midnight) GMT

Submit papers to: with the subject line “Original Paper Submission”


For those conference participants wishing to submit a full original paper for (a) Best Paper Award AND/OR (b)meeting institutional funding requirements , the organizing team requests you to follow the guidelines given below.


  1. A paper submission constitutes an original scholarly manuscript that has not been submitted to another conference(s), nor has it been previously published in any form or outlet.
  2. The entire paper (including title page, abstract, main text, figures, graphs, tables, references, etc.) must be submitted as 1 document in PDF, DOC or DOCX formats.
  3. Papers should be 3000words in length, inclusive of references
  4. Formatting and referencing must be carried out in accordance with the “Final Manuscript Preparation Guidelines” for the journal Organizational Aesthetics (please note, the conference proceedings are a separate publication to Organizational Aesthetics). The guidelines are found at the following link