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 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

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



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.

Registration for AoMO 2016 is now open!


Registration is now open. To book your place please go to:

Register before 1st April 2016 to take advantage of the great Early bird fee of 395euro

After the 1st April the full delegate fee of 450euro will apply.

Guests (ONLY for registered conference participants): 250euros

The fees include attendance of the selected conference sessions, conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches, receptions and gala dinner for 1 person as specified in the conference program. The fee does NOT cover travel, airport shuttle, and accommodation.

Payment of participation fee should be settled by August 15, 2016 at the latest by bank transfer upon the receipt of the proforma invoice from IEDC. Unfortunately, we cannot accept credit cards.


For hotel booking, please follow the link:

An Exciting Opportunity to Join a Derive!



As always, AoMO is a conference like no other, and this year you have the opportunity to join a Dérive! If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please let the conveners know as space will be limited. Further information, including convener contact information is all detailed below.

A dérive in Bled: Talking the walk in management and organization
Damian Ruth, Massey University, Manawatu, New Zealand
Deborah Knowles, Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, UK
Clare Hindley, IUBH School of Business and Management, Germany,

You are invited to a workshop on dérives in which we will adopt the flaneur as a ‘methodological persona’ (Castro, 2003). There are many ways to wander (Qualmann and Hind, 2015) and many histories of walking (Solnit, 2000) but our focus is on how dérive opens up novel ways to think about management and organization. We will also push the methodological boundaries of expression to explore diverse ways of knowing, ‘personal, narrative, embodied, artistic, aesthetic – that stand outside sanctioned intellectual framworks’ (Cole and Knowlees, 2008: 55). We want to explore the experience of space and movement and the aesthetic expression of that experience relative to management and organization.
We have one ½ day (more or less depending on the response) to offer, listen and dérive. There will be a place for peer reviewed papers. We also welcome non-standard presentations, accompanied by a ‘score’ or alternative ‘texts’. You may ask what your organization or its type sounds like (Phipps, 2007) or what does an organization in flux taste like. The main process of the workshop is a dérive followed by our personal post-dérive Reports on Knowledge. We will be psychogeographers, flaneurs, ethnographers bringing back stuff; noise, colours, fragments of conversation, bits of paper, photos, brochures, litter, new friends. These will be our Reports on Knowledge. We come back from the field as scientists (Latour, 1999) to tell tales (Van Maanen, 1988) about our investigations into business and organization. There is a rich body of work to which we can relate.
The dérive is a concept coined by the French situationists and is described by Debord (1958) as “a rapid passage through various ambiences [involving] playful-constructive behaviour and awareness of psychological effects”. The point is to drop usual motivations for movement and actions and let oneself be “drawn in by the attractions of the terrain“, or simply “drift“, which is how Nicholson (2011:26) translates the term (see also Smith, 2014). It is associated with psychogeography in which psychology and geography meet, or “collide” (Coverley, 2010:13; Debord, 1955), recently used most notably by Self (2007; 2008; 2009) and Sinclair (2002; 2003), and which has been synthesised as a research approach in the business and management field (Knowles, 2008; 2009). This method constitutes ‘strolling’ along a route in order to observe (choosing or being open to sensual data) the environment and to construct meanings and explicitly includes the search for new methods of “apprehending our urban environment” (Coverley, 2010:1).
You may wish to draw on de Certeau’s thinking in his Walking in the City (1984) and link this to how organizations are spaces of physical, mental and political pollutants, evidencing Turnbull’s (2003) ‘messy’ knowledge and space creation and Ingold’s (2013) exploration of perceiving space. We wish to explore how new ideas need new spaces in between, and how
random objects, moments, voids, gaps can be found or created. We will “[push] on the methodological boundaries” (Hesse-Biber & Leavy, 2008) of organizational research.
We will explore collage because in collage, a single coherent notion “gives way to relations of juxtaposition and differences” (Rainey, 1998:124, in Butler-Kisber, p.268) and these fragments “work against one another so hard, the mind is sparked” (Steinberg, 1972, cited by Butler-Kisber, 2008:.268). This resonates with Ingold’s (2012:49) idea of reality as a quilt, with ill-fitting elements and irregular edges.

In this call for contributions we have the following flexible ‘shape’ in mind. We will limit participation to 18.

Introduction: Damian, Deborah and Clare 10mins
Six ten-minute slots for required formal paper presentations 60mins
One hour for everyone to dérive 60mins
One hour for everyone to create their Report on Knowledge 60mins

There will then be a time slot later in the conference for each participant to stand by their ‘Report’ and report, a bit like a poster presentation period. We aim to have several informal ‘happenings’ over a couple of days and then a collective artwork that entails sound, theatre, re-enactments, exhibits and whatever else people can think of; a sort of huge collage of experience.
Most of all, we will wallow with relish in the sensuousness of knowledge creation!

Please email your contributions in the form of a 500 word abstract to all of the following convenors and please feel free to raise any queries or offer suggestions. We would like to receive your contributions by February 1st, 2016.

Travel Advice for Slovenia

We have received some inquiries regarding security within Europe and Slovenia in particular. Slovenia is, and remains, one of the safest countries in the world with one of the lowest crime rates anywhere. It has ranked amongst the top countries globally on the Global Peace Index. Currently, like many European countries, Slovenia is experiencing an influx of migrants in transit across Europe. Consequently, there is an increased likelihood of delays at rail and road boarder crossings but there have been no reports of delays to air travel. Additionally, there have been no security incidents with respect to the passage or residency of migrants within the Republic of Slovenia.

The UK, US, Australian and Canadian Foreign Travel advise the threat of terrorism continues to be low in Slovenia and highlights that Slovenia has had no incidents of international or indigenous terrorism.

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Slovenia and therefore all travellers. Travellers are simply asked to exercise normal, common sense security precautions

Financial support schemes announced

For the 2016 AoMO conference, hosted by IEDC-Bled School of Management (Slovenia), AoMO is offering 4 bursaries to support PhD students and/or artists who have had a contribution (paper, workshop, installation, performance, etc.) accepted for the conference.

In addition, 2016 will see the launch of the Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence scholarship. This is a prestigious award in remembrance of the work Heather undertook in developing our collective field of interest – the relationship between management and the arts.

Read on for more information of both schemes.

AoMO Bursaries

What does it include?

The bursary is for £250. This will be paid directly into the successful applicants’ bank account by AoMO and can therefore be used to cover travel, the conference fee or art materials.

Who can apply?

The bursary scheme is open to PhD students and practising artists. Within the application you must make a clear argument as to how the bursary would be used and why you feel you are deserving of it. You must also have had a contribution to the conference accepted, and be in receipt of the acceptance letter sent by the conference host organising team.

How to apply

You will need to complete a bursary application form and email this directly to Application forms have been circulated via the mailing list, and you can also download a copy of the application form here.

The closing date for applications is 30th April 2016. All decisions will be made and communicated by the 1st June 2016.

Successful bursary applicants will need to provide their acceptance letter from the host organising team and receipt of registration and conference fee payment. AoMO will not transfer the funds to your account before you have registered and paid the appropriate conference fee.

For more information please contact

The Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence Scholarship

To commemorate Heather’s contribution to AoMO we are offering a special opportunity that Heather would no doubt support. The Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence scholarship will offer one artist an opportunity to document, in their chosen medium, the activities, energy, atmosphere and contributions to the AoMO 2016 conference. They will be given a plenary slot within the programme to introduce their work and plans for their ‘final piece’.

What does it include?

The applicable conference fee will be waivered, your accommodation for the nights of the conference will be paid for and there will be a contribution made to your travel costs and art-materials required where relevant.

Responsibilities of the Artist in Residence

You must commit to holding the Artist in Residence position for two years (until the following AoMO conference in 2018). Over that two year period you may be asked to do interviews, give advice and support other artists within the community and be open to meeting with business practitioners to showcase your work and the work of the community.

You must present your work and approach at a plenary session at the conference in 2016. Over the two year residency we would like you to produce a ‘final piece’ which will be exhibited at the 2018 conference, including a plenary slot for presentation.

Who can apply?

Any artists, artist practitioner or academic-artist may apply for the scholarship. You must have a portfolio of work that you can submit in support of your application but this can be in the medium of your choice e.g. poetry, dance, drawing, painting, digital media etc.

How to apply

You must supply a written statement of no more than 2000 words describing why you would be a suitable candidate for the scholarship and what you envisage as your contribution. We would also like to see examples of your work in support of that application.

The closing date for applications is 31st March 2016. All decisions will be made and communicated by 31st May 2016.

All applications must be forwarded to Stella at AoMO directly. Please email for more information. Stella will confirm receipt of all applications.

Bled, 2016: Call for Papers

We encourage participation from researchers, practitioners, educators and organizational development professionals working at the arts and organization nexus in ways that help us engage with the intangible.

We are seeking papers for the following streams:

The Power of Poetry/Poetics
To Be or Not to Be the Shadow: Conceal or Reveal
Making the intangible tangible: Stories as a process for Organisational and Management inquiry
Leadership as a performance art
Fashion Futures
Art, Space and the Body
Organizing Movement: On Dance, Sound, Embodied Cognition and Organizations
A Home for Happy People: creativity, critical reflection and be-longing in organisations
The Virtual Studio
Improvisation and the Art of Innovating Uncertainty
Affects & Aesthetics of the Undercommons
Arts-Based Community Development
The Aestheticization of Religious Sites, Symbols, Myths, Objects and Stories in/by Management and Organisations
Open Stream

Submitting your contribution

For details of all streams and how to submit your contribution please follow this link to the IEDC-Bled School of Management website.

Have a good idea that doesn’t quite fit the above?

While we have set the theme as “Empowering the intangible”, the Art of Management and Organization conference welcomes submissions and participation from any field engaging with arts and aesthetics in management and organizations. No matter what the submission (exhibitions, installations, papers or performances), be creative, be bold!

About Bled and the IEDC

IEDC LogoSlovenia is a colourful country with a well-preserved natural environment. In spite of its geographically small size, it is a convergence point of different landscapes — Alpine and Mediterranean, Pannonian and Dinaric — each of which has its own characteristics and unique features. At the heart of Europe, between Austria to the north, Italy to the west, Hungary to the east and Croatia to the south, Slovenia has always been a crossroads of trans-European routes. You will surely be surprised by many of its special attractions. IEDC-Bled School of Management is located in idyllic and tranquil Bled, which has been described as the kind of place that can still astonish even the most spoiled and satiated cosmopolitan. The beautifully sited and designed campus overlooks breathtaking scenes of the Alpine lake Bled. Yet, it is only 30 minutes from the airport and 50 minutes from Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana.

Bled, a town with over thousand years of history was already famous at the beginning of the 20th century as the most beautiful health spa of the then Austrian empire and attracted the European aristocratic elite. Cosmopolitan seekers of diversity and beauty, of relaxation and inspiration, tranquility and the outdoors will find here a multitude of opportunities. The image of Bled with the castle, the lake and the island in the middle of the lake, are sights that made Bled known all over the world. With its natural beauty, points of historical interest and an advantageous geographical location south of the Alps, Bled is an ideal place for learning and reflection.

As a ‘creative environment for creative leadership’ IEDC-Bled School of Management is a visionary institution in the realm of Arts and Leadership Development and Practice. The Centre for Arts and Leadership Development and Research is dedicated to dynamic, innovative, challenging and provocative projects of experiential leadership exploration. Through music, visual art, film and performance contemporary and future leaders plumb the depths of leadership practices to develop creative, aesthetic, and holistic approaches to responsible leading. Research activities explore the arts in action, as vital and dynamic aspects of social life with real relevance in everyday life and leadership

The 8th AoMO Conference, 2016

Date: 1st-4th September 2016

Hosted by:  IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia

Conference Theme

Empowering the intangible: exploring, feeling and expressing through the arts

In the spirit of exploration, play, creativity and critique, the 2016 Art of Management and Organization conference will explore the intangible aspects of organizational life. Proliferating our academic and professional discourses are calls to recognize, engage and empower the intangible aspects of organizational life – the felt, sensory and emotional aspects that so often go under the radar. Like the medieval court jester that could speak of things courtiers could not, the conference theme “Empowering the intangible” seeks out novel ways of exploring, feeling and expressing management and organization through the arts.

Empowering Landscape 2

Building on the work of the 2012 Creativity & Critique conference (York) and the 2014 Creativity and Design conference (Copenhagen), the 2016 conference embraces the arts and aesthetics as critical design elements – as inquiry, methodology, development resources, etc. – to explore, feel and express the felt, sensory and emotional aspects of management, leadership and daily organizational life.