The Role of the Arts in Organizational Settings

What if an artist ran your company?

In an effort to determine what benefit organizations and practitioners can gain from the arts, this article examines song lyrics, drama scripts, and poems in the context of organizational development, with some useful implications for those seeking innovative approaches to business strategy. Oranuch Pruetipibultham of the University of Minnesota and Gary N. Mclean of Texas A&M University published “The Role of the Arts in Organizational Settings” in Volume 9, Issue 1 (March 2010) of Human Resource Development Review. An excerpt:


Nissley (2007) held that successful organizations have effective leaders who focus on the process of generating possibilities—thinking of new things and seeing existing
things in different ways. Therefore, we believe that it is worthwhile to explore the dynamics of narrative or storytelling (these two words are used interchangeably in
this article) and investigate how music, drama, and poetry, as forms of storytelling, can help scholars and practitioners develop a better understanding of organizational culture, effective intervention methods, and ways to develop human resources in organizations.

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