Pre-Conference Masterclass Reminder

Please do not forget to sign-up ( or contact the masterclass convenors directly). We have three great events!

Conference registration is open and accessible here

Please note pre-conference masterclasses are not included in the conference fee. They are payable separately.


AoMO2018 Draft Programme


Dear All

You can now see the first draft of the AoMO2018 programme here: Draft Programme 0418.

As you will see, we have lots of exciting, interesting and innovative performances and contributions along with great food, fabulous events and a couple of nice surprises!

Please note this is a first draft and will be subject to change right up until (and as is common with AoMO, during the conference!).

We are asking all accepted contributors and stream convenors to double check their contributions have been included and have been given a ‘reasonably appropriate’ time allocation. Please recognise just how complex scheduling AoMO is. If we have overlooked anything, made typographical errors or even missed you off entirely please let Jenna know ( asap. Similarly, if you are no longer able to attend let us know too! All changes need to be submitted by June 1st 2018, after which a provisional programme will be released.

Important Information:

  • Pre-conference Masterclasses


Pre-conference masterclasses are not included in the registration fee and will be charged for on the day. Please register your attendance for the masterclasses by emailing

  • Registration is now open

(Please note: This is a two tier registration process, you first need to register onto the system, and then again for the conference)

If you would like us to invoice you/your institution, rather than payment via card, please fill out the manual registration form Manual registration form for AoMO 2018

The conference fee does not include accommodation, however, we have negotiated a discounted rate on a variety of accommodation options around the city. You can find these at:





Registration now open for AoMO2018

In order to register please go to:

(Please note: This is a two tier registration process, you first need to register onto the system, and then again for the conference)

If you would like us to invoice you/your institution, rather than payment via card, please fill out the manual registration form Manual registration form for AoMO 2018

The conference fee does not include accommodation, however, we have negotiated a discounted rate on a variety of accommodation options around the city. You can find these at: 

Financial support for AoMO2018

For the 2018 AoMO conference, hosted by the University of Brighton, 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, the Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence scholarship will also be available. 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 here: conference_bursary.docx

The closing date for applications is 1st May 2018. All decisions will be made and communicated by the 1st June 2018.

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 or

The Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence Scholarship

The Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence scholarship offers one artist an opportunity to document, in their chosen medium, the activities, energy, atmosphere and contributions to the AoMO 2018 conference. They will be given a plenary slot within the programme to introduce their work and plans for their ‘final piece’.

In 2016, the Heather Höpfl Artist in Residence was held by Emmanuel Guy. Emmanuel would be happy to discuss the role with any future applicants. Please contact him via the email address.

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 2020). 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 2018. Over the two year residency we would like you to produce a ‘final piece’ which will be exhibited at the 2020 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 2018. All decisions will be made and communicated by 4th June 2018.

All applications must be forwarded to

GNOSIS 2020 – some interesting updates

Whilst not directly affiliated with AoMO, the work GNOSIS does will likely be of interest to us as a community. For more information please contact Elena directly on


Steve Taylor and I are delighted with the response from our network on our book project. Thanks to your amazing contributions we are signing a book contract with Palgrave Macmillan Publishers for 2 edited  volumes:

Sensuous Learning for Practical Judgment in Professional Practice:

Volume 1: Arts-based Methods


Sensuous Learning for Practical Judgment in Professional Practice:

Volume 2: Arts-based Interventions

The volumes will be delivered in January 2018 and will be in print March 2018 in time for it to be launched at the OLKC Conference in April 2018 – see below details. It is so exciting that this now becomes one key collective publication that celebrates the work we are doing and offers some essential advancements to learning theory and practice as well, hence the link to OLKC.
We cannot stress enough that the success of the volumes will be subject to the quality of the content and we are working with authors closely to ensure that we have the best illustrations of how ABM and ABI are applied as innovative learning modes with evidence of the difference they make. We urge authors to work with us and to ensure that we meet the deadlines we are all working with.
We see these volumes as a fitting tribute to celebrate the life and work  of our friend and colleague Grete Wennes  to which the volumes will be also dedicate to.
2. OLKC Conference – GNOSIS 2020 SYMPOSIUM
The Organisational Learning, Knowledge and Capabilities Conference (OLKC) is an established annual conference held in North America and Europe bringing together scholars and practitioners who are interested in advancing learning theory and practice. We are delighted to be hosting the 2018 OLKC conference in Liverpool 25-27 April 2018. The theme of the Conference is ‘Learning to Make a difference’. Please find all information here:
We want to use the opportunity of the OLKC Conference to launch our edited  book volumes  and also two other writing projects (Journal Special Issue and Handbook) that will follow. We are therefore, hosting as part of the OLKC conference a symposium.
Attached is the call for papers for the symposium and we urge both the authors of the edited  book as well as, other network members to submit their work so that we have the opportunity to continue to cease the momentum and impact of our collective work through the subsequent writing projects that we are using the symposium as a platform for advancing.
3. GNOSIS 2020 NEXT GATHERING – 27-29 April 2018, LIVERPOOL
We will align the OLKC conference with our next gathering to follow straight after the conference 27-29 April 2018. Our focus at this gathering is to elaborate the GNOSIS 2020 Research project on Resilience. See attached project description.
We will also use the opportunity of the gathering to lay the foundations for the Handbook of ABM/ABI. The opportunity to demonstrate our methods will also remain a vital part of our time together. We will also seek on this occasion to invite and learn from leading organisational practices in advancing the use of the Arts in business with where possible a dialogue with UNILEVER and their ‘Catalyst’ Programme.

Call for Contributions Deadline Extended February 9th, Brighton 2018!

Deadline for contributions to AoMO 2018 Brighton (30th August-2nd September) has been extended to February 9th 2018.  Please click on the stream title to download the Call for Papers/Contributions.

1. Leadership as a Performance Art

2. Organisations as works of art, a collection of applications

3. Transforming Organisational Performance

4. Villains, victims and heroes

5. Performing Academics

6. The Performativity of Poetry

7. Researching and Engaging Differently

8. In-between time and space

9. Performing Embodying Bridging

10. Organisational Direct Performance

11. Open Stream (please submit directly to

13. Performance, Exhibitions and Performativity

14. Organizational performance as artistic practice

To submit a paper or artistic contribution to a stream please follow instructions in the individual calls. We are also keen to consider exhibitions, installations, workshops or performances. If you have an idea, please email

Abstracts of no more than 500 words, in word.doc format, should be submitted as an email attachment by 9th February 2018 at the very latest to the stream convenors (contact details can be found within the calls) and to Jenny Knight at

… be creative … be bold!


AoMO 2018 Call for Streams is now open!

After a fabulous 2016 conference in Bled, Slovenia we are excited to announce that AoMO 2018 will take place in Brighton, UK (hosted by the University of Brighton). We are excited to be working with Dr Jenny Knight and Chris Matthews at the University of Brighton over the next two years.

The conference theme for 2018 will be ‘Performance’ so get your thinking caps on everyone! We are looking for papers, poetry, exhibitions, performances and anything else that will push, bend and challenge the way that we think, theorize and practice business and management.

You can download the full conference theme, call for streams and a montage of images to inspire your thinking here:



All stream proposals must be emailed to by the 26th May 2017.




AoMO 2016 Poem – by Tannur ‘SheWrightz’ Ali

Poem by Tannur “SheWrightz” Ali

For IEDC Art of Management and Organization Conference 2016

Bled, Slovenia



This poem is a living document.  I hope to find that over time, the group that attended this conference will add to it according to their inspiration from our time together.  We have much work to do as we move forward.  My hope is that collectively creating art will be one way to process the enormity of the impact that we have felt from the 8th annual Art of Management and Organization Conference.


How Do We Manage

How do we manage?

Make space for the Civil and the Savage

In ways that take the fear away

In ways that inform our

Torn minds

Left brain, maintain sequential states of stasis

The basis for our hopes to cope

Right brains tuned

Wax divine

None of us inclined

To bring the fight



So we look out

On chaos and determine

Self to be solution

Despite our collusion

Knowing the truth is


The question:

What are we seeing?

Who are we being?


Characters in the tragedy of human existence

The comedy of consciousness

Our implicit reactions

To dissatisfaction

With being

Us to them

Or Them to us

Smashing each other like mirrors

In disgust


And what luck

Each one gathered here

To not be who I speak of


More-so solutions as we seep up and out

Of our stations

To take our places

In organizations

Not so wise as to mimic biology


So we try to rearrange

Our state of being

Our States of being

Our status being



I suppose I hope for seeing


How do we manage?


What if we studied our daughters?

Our borders?

The ends to which we’ll go to see safety

From our egos

Beneath the capes of our heroes

From the hoarders of Spirit

Wardens of the hidden hearts

That mean to bring our sleeping minds

To bear against the tyranny

Of blaring horns

Or strumming harps

Adorned in pretense

With immense contest and sequence

It seems we wrestle

With beginnings



Like sunrise and tides


And times we know we can’t stand by

And listen to the lies

That we devise

That say we must be inclined toward silence


Because what is war

But silence?

The muffled voices of the


Searching for salvation

In the downbeat

The beat-down

The hairs that shift and twist beneath

The Crown

Of ignorance


How do we manage all this?

Knowing we are drawn to implement order

Knowing this isn’t it


It’s more like water

Shifting sands of memory

Tempered, we be chaos and emergence

Quality and Conscience

Inside twisted by outer sight

Despite the truth

We can hear no critics

Don’t even teach civics in our schools

For the oppressed may come to know

That they too could rule

So we rape our muse

To keep up the rouse

That all that we manage

May just remain damaged


While we lack the courage

To attend our own shit


So here it is:

We manage by honoring the shift

From outward to inward seeing

Our privilege for what it is

Micro-aggressions that rule out the question

What are we fighting

If not our own fears

Of lives without office chairs

Or file drawers

Slammed on the fingers of…

AoMO 2016: The Highlights!

So, AoMO 2016 was the largest AoMO conference on record with more than 145 delegates from 24 countries coming together on the 1st-4th September at the IEDC, Bled School of Management to share their ideas, thoughts and creative passions on the theme ‘Empowering the Intangible’.

For posterity the Empowering the Intangible Programme 2016 is here, along with the full email-list of delegates. More photos, videos, artistic representations of delegates’ conference experience and pictures of the beautiful Slovenian landscape can be found on our Facebook page.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @Ao_Management and join our LinkedIn group ‘AoMO’

We look forward to seeing you all in Brighton, UK on the 30th August – 2nd September 2018 where we will explore the theme of Performance!