With the rising use of arts-based methods in organizational development and change, scholars have started to inquire into how and why these methods work. We identify four processes that are particular to the way in which arts-based methods contribute to the development of individual organization managers and leaders: through the transference of artistic skills, through projective techniques, through the evocation of "essence," and through creating artifacts such as masks, collages, or sculpture, a process we call "making." We illustrate these processes in detail with two case examples and then discuss the implications for designing the use of arts-based methods for managerial and leadership development.
Leadership, Management & Business
Academy of Management Learning & Education
I am an internationally recognized leadership and ethics scholar whose philosophically informed publications explore aesthetic, ethical and embodied aspects of organizing and leading. My theoretical work is underpinned by a strong commitment to the realm of practice and is informed by extensive consulting experience in both public and private organizations. My current research focuses on exploring the structural and organizational dynamics which limit follower and leader agency within organizations particularly in relation to their desire to act ethically.
Taylor, S. S., & Ladkin, D. (2009). Understanding Arts-Based Methods in Managerial Development. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 8(1), 55–69.