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!


Conference Programme!

Empowering the Intangible Programme 2016 is now available to view!

You can find all abstracts for paper presentations here, in the Book of Abstracts 2016

In addition, there will be a number of workshops for you to get involved in including:

Towards Crystalline States of Expression Scibor

Maestro Leadership as a Performance Art John and Gloria Burgess

Dancing Between Realms Tannur Ali

BeWeDō®Bradfordplease wear comfortable shoes and clothing

DIY-DressingUpResearch Dax

The Art of the Matter Greg Stone

Practitioner as Agent McDonagh

Form and Content Burn and Brummet 


Dance n Leadership Helle Winter

Finding the Voice of Leadership Archetypes – no prior singing experience required, or an ability to sing for that matter!

Come Talk the Walk Derive 

Personal Leadership Inspired by Nature – please note you are required to bring along some small objects to this workshop – see flyer for more details.

Visual Coaching for Leadership Development

On being an arts-based academic or practitioner in management education

We are really excited by the programme of events we have lined up and hopefully, a couple of little surprises will be announced along the way! Including:

Letting you go, Joe

See you all in beautiful Bled in 3 days!

Please remember to follow up on Facebook and Twitter and join the LinkedIn group to be kept as up to date as possible with any changes.

Emmanuel Guy

As an artist, I began as a woodworker. I work with restored antique hand tools to produced functional furniture with modern aesthetic. My practice is evolving towards art installation; using traditional woodworking techniques to produce wearable, kinetic or interactive sculptures. As an academic, I made contributions on the influence of discourses and institutional culture in the evolution of shipping policies and markets. My current work proposes to view policy making as spaces for individual stakeholders to (re)appropriate the strong paradoxes embedded in their industrial identity. My residence will be the beginning of an exploration on how these two practices relate to each other.


In Bled, I will design and build a chair using locally available wood. I will work in situ with hand tools only aiming to translate some of the energy of the conference and its setting into a functional art piece. In doing so I will raise two questions. What about craft? While it encompasses all the artistic questioning of sense, it is necessarily rooted in technics, functionality and traditions. Does factoring these material dimensions changes how we think of art and organizations? And what about chairs? There are highly sculptural by nature and must work with the human body, but they are also highly political: often strong symbols of power. What paradoxes do they hold?



Emmanuel Guy is the AoMO Heather Hӧpfl Artist in Residence 2016-2018. He will be working throughout the conference and we encourage delegates to engage with him and his artwork as much as possible! Emmanuel will present ‘the chair’ on Sunday 4th September and speak about his craft, the conference experience and how he sees the Artist in Residency working for him and the AoMO community!portrait 1

Shuttle Service from the Ljubljana Airport

From the IEDC:

We organized shuttle from the airport Brnik (Ljubljana) to Bled on Wednesday, August 31. There are 3 options: at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and the price is 15€ per person that should be paid directly to the driver in cash or by credit card. Should you decide to take the shuttle, please send an e-mail with your preferred timing to: If you arrive earlier or later and would like to arrange taxi from the airport, you can send an e-mail to and arrange it directly for the price of 45€/car (up to 3 people).


On Sunday, September 4 we will organize shuttle from Bled (IEDC parking lot) to the airport Brnik (Ljubljana). . There are 3 options: at 1.00pm, 3.00pm and 5.00pm and the price is 15€ per person that should be paid directly to the driver in cash or by credit card. Should you decide to take the shuttle, please send an e-mail with your preferred timing to: If you would like to arrange taxi at any other time, you can send an e-mail to and arrange it directly for the price of 45€/car (up to 3 people).

Other alternatives are also available. See (You will need to cut and paste into your browser).