Special Guests for AoMO 2016

Joining this year’s AoMO conference comes with 4 unique treats:

  • a Keynote Performer
  • a Keynote Speaker
  • a theatrical premiere,
  • and 2 Keynote listeners


Keynote Performer: Miha Pogačnik

With violin blazing, world renowned musician Miha Pogačnik, opens up the intangible of organizational renewal, creativity and leadership.

Miha is Chief Inspiration Officer of IDRIART (Institute for the Development of Intercultural Relations through the Arts), Managing Director of Ecolculture, and Cultural Ambassador of Slovenia. Through music he explores parallels between musical and organizational identity and business processes. He taps the unexplored potential of art as a significant force for productivity, creativity and organizational renewal. You can find more about Miha’s unique practice at www.mihavision.com.



Keynote Speaker: Dr. Philip Mirvis


Few know the theatre of organizational change, and the value of arts and aesthetics to shape it, like Dr. Phil Mirvis.


Internationally acclaimed Organizational Psychologist, Dr. Mirvis’ academic and professional practice focuses on large-scale organizational change, the character of the workforce and workplace, as well as business leadership in society. Author of 10 books and numerous articles across top academic and practitioner outlets, he has served as adviser on CSR and sustainability to companies including Ben & Jerry’s, Mitsubishi, PepsiCo, Royal Dutch Shell, SK Group, Unilever and Wipro. An advocate for the arts in business, Phil brings his work and practice to AoMO 2016 discussing the intangible of organizational change and transformation.


Theatrical Premiere: Dr. Steven S. Taylor


This September you can join June, Yahweh, Satan, Market and Kapital for the premiere of Steve Taylor’s new play “The Age of Loneliness”.


Steve Taylor is professor of leadership and creativity at the WPI Foisie School of Business. His research is focused in two areas: organizational aesthetics and reflective practice. The former applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and organizations. The latter focuses on the ability to analyze our own actions and learn how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. Founding editor of Organizational Aesthetics his research has been published across a number of top journals and he is the author of Leadership Craft, Leadership Art and You’re a Genius: Using Reflective Practice to Master the Craft of Leadership. As a playwright, his work has been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Italy, Australia, and the United States.


Keynote Listeners: Dr. Mary Jo Hatch & Prof. Stephen Linstead


Mixing it up a little at this year’s AoMO will be our Keynote Listeners. Throughout the conference we will have 2 “flies on the wall” – Mary Jo Hatch and Stephen Linstead. As they navigate their way through the conference, attending sessions and engaging in conversations with participants, they will weave together a tapestry of the emerging dialogue and debate.

Dr. Mary Jo Hatch is C. Coleman McGehee Eminent Scholars Research Professor, Emerita, of Banking and Commerce at the University of Virginia (USA) and adjunct and visiting professor at a number of eminent institutions around the globe, such as the School of Management of Boston College, Gothenburg University, Copenhagen Business School, IEDC-Bled School of Management and the Singapore Management University. The author of numerous books and more than 75 articles, her current research focuses on branding; organizational culture and identity; art, design and organization. Mary Jo is an avid and accomplished painter and visual artist.

Prof. Stephen Linstead is Professor of Critical Management at York Management School (University of York, UK). With undergraduate and masters degrees in English Literature from Keele and Leeds, he holds a Masters in Organization Development and a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University and a D.Litt from Durham University. Author and co-author of numerous article, chapters and books, his research falls into five main areas: organization theory and philosophy; aesthetic approaches to organization; language based approaches to organization; gender and sexuality in organizations; qualitative methods, ethnography and culture. Most recently he has been developing research out of these foci into aspects of globalization and post-colonialism; the ontology and practice of play – especially in organizational and social intervention – and the use of music and song as a form of ethnographic representation.


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