Organizations & Work


Because organizations and management are human creations, they are open to question. Why do we create organizations that stifle the creativity and dignity of people? Why do we design and produce products that are not responsive to customers and damaging to the environment? As leaders, why do we ignore our inner voice and sacrifice our deepest values? How can organizations be reimagined? What is the role of art, beauty, and aesthetics in designing for growth? What does it mean to really grow an organization? Is happiness at work possible? Why do we work? What is the true purpose of work and how can we make work a noble and creative force for the greater good? How do we foster creative work for a creative economy?

excerpt from an article by Ron Purser, Professor of Management, San Francisco State UniversityComplete article

PAST PROGRAMS


The Future of Time in Management and Organizations

A conference organized by the International Network for Time in Management and Organizations (INTiMO)July 2004INSEAD School of Business Fontainebleau, France.

Conference sponsored by + + Center for Creative Inquiry + + Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management + + Organization Behavior Division of the Academy of Management + + + INSEAD

Time is our prime organizing tool. We use it to create, order, regulate and shape the world we live in. Yet our time values, our management of time, and our relationship to the future tend to be taken for granted. The multidimensional temporality and futurity of natural and cultural processes, so often at odds with the demands of clock-time, has received little attention, and alternative timescapes often go unnoticed. More fundamental still, the possibility that time could be subjected to a creative, future-oriented inquiry that calls into question its momentum and dynamic as a means of structuring managerial experience and organizational life, has been virtually ignored.

The Second International Improvisational Conference on the Future of Time in Management and Organizations is intended to spark collective inquiry into the multiplicity of temporalities that constitute managerial experience and organizational life. Participants will explore from
multiple and transdisciplinary perspectives what time is, how it functions and how it is perceived, and the consequences of understanding time differently.
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Dynamic Time and Creative Inquiry in Organizational Change

An Improvisational Conference at Essex Conference Center Cape Ann, Massachussetts
June 18-21, 2002

Sponsored by ++ Center for Creative Inquiry ++ Organizational Development and Change Division, Academy of Management

What is an Improvisational Conference?

Anyone familiar with standard academic conferences knows that the most fruitful parts of any conference happen spontaneously, “between times,” in the hallways and the bars. This conference is meant to be an “all between-times” conference. It will be planned to maximize creative interactions, offering participants the chance to engage collectively with an immediacy that the usual academic structures discourage. It will take place in a setting conducive to such
interactions.

By proceeding in this way, we hope to engage the dynamic of time and discover what knowledge it offers. The conference format is thus inseparable from the conference theme. We want to explore what it means to take improvisation beyond the level of an appealing metaphor. The interests and concerns of participants will shape the conference program. Formal presentations will be kept to a minimum, and small-group interactions encouraged. The aim throughout will be to stimulate inquiry and interaction rather than communicate information.
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