Through a discussion of Ingarden’s phenomenology, this paper proposes an aesthetic ethnographic methodology. Aesthetic ethnography enables the researcher to view
organisations as if they are works of art. This involves observing the continual oscillation between order and chaos, a quality Schiller terms as the play impulse. The shifts in focus from naïve outsider (Emotional Attachment) to critical insider (Cognitive Detachment) and then to informed outsider (Integrated Synthesis) are explored, followed by a case study of a symphony orchestra undergoing governance change.
Bathurst, R. (2006). The music of organising: Exploring aesthetic ethnography. (Department of Management and International Business Research Working Paper Series 2006, no. 9). Auckland, NZ: Massey University. Department of Management and International Business.