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The applicability of aesthetic knowledge in organizational decision making processes

Keenan, Thomas, Pisarski, Anne, & Bartlett, Jennifer L. (2012) The applicability of aesthetic knowledge in organizational decision making processes. In Proceedings of : AOM2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting : The Informal Economy, Academy of Management , Boston, Mass.

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Abstract

We argue that aesthetic knowledge, which is a form of tacit knowledge of beauty and related concepts, is an important, yet under-researched, topic in the study of organizational decision making processes. The significance of aesthetic knowledge for decision making processes is derived from its universal application by humans to commonplace practices; its use as the basis of decision criteria in complex situations to which the effective application of logic and reason is difficult; and its role both in assisting cognition in general and in enabling the choice of solutions generated from rational decision making processes. Despite its importance, the empirical research examining the application of aesthetic knowledge in organizational decision making processes is limited. Further detailed study of aesthetic knowledge in the context of organizational decision making processes is required to extend the recent movement in the field aimed at examining the role that extrarational, human-centered factors play in organizational decisions.

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ID Code: 52870
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Decision Making Processes, Aesthetic Knowledge
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 02 Aug 2012 16:20
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2012 03:07

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