ICN Business School - International Research Chair in Art and Sustainable Enterprise (IRCASE)
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WORKSHOP
Creativity, Art
and Sustainable Enterprise"

June 12, 2014 (2-5 PM)
ICN Business School
Room 253

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Research Projects

Develop conceptual models for a discourse on arts and sustainable enterprise

A key goal of this dimension is to develop the conceptual model for a discourse on arts and sustainable enterprise. This will be supported by empirical test of facts, the practical validation of concepts, and application of our learning to make enterprises more sustainable. We also hope to analyze what made ARTEM successful, its current conceptual framework and the practical programs in which it already engaged? ARTEM is a good example of art, technology and management integrated in a productive system of developing competences and knowledge in the service of multiple actors: companies, trainees and trainers. ARTEM testifies to the utility of integrating art in managerial practices, and the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to management of the organizations.

We will encourage different types of research approaches - Art takes a different epistemic stance than the sciences. Art-based methods will be used to further sustainability goals, and imagine new sustainability domains.

Art asks different questions, challenging assumptions about our life style, organizations, and modes of production and consumption. For example, Ed Burtynsky's most famous photographs on mine tailings offer grand, awe-inspiring beauty often in tension with the compromised environments they depict. His images ask “what are we doing to nature”

Art uses different methods to reach different conclusions about sustainable development. For example, the challenge of poverty and economic development has been addressed by economists, politicians, social and charity organizations for over a 100 years. Yet, 4 billion people live under $10 per day, and 2 billion under $1 per day. The art-based practice of “Theatre for Development” (TfD) uses street theatre to do “real social development” (as opposed to providing aid and encouraging dependency). They get marginalized people to express their own experience, recognize their real needs, respond to community needs, and negotiate collectively with external agencies leading to Empowerment as Development.

Examples of Research Studies and Project Ideas Being Developed


Title : 
  Development of shared meanings and ideas through tool-kit based modeling
Author(s) : 
  Dr. Klaus Peter SCHULZ
Description : 
 

Work and social processes are characterized through the diversity of people. Despite different understandings and mindsets stakeholders need to communicate and collaborate effectively and goal oriented. Especially with regard to innovation, development and change processes the share of understandings is essential as a basis for creative goal oriented acting. Although design and arts provide a range of methods for differentiated representation and creative acting, very often such methods require artistic skills or craftsmanship. Hence methodologies need to be found that facilitate inexperienced users creative expression and idea development. In this research such methods are explored, reflected and evaluated in various practice context. Examples are story boards, LEGO Serious Play or card-board modeling. The process includes hands-on-modeling in a playful sense and the articulation of the model meaning through story telling. The project is designed as action research which aims to provide learning and development for the stakeholder groups involved. Topics are related to innovation, change and development in private and public organizations or social (non-work) contexts. Examples include: strategic developments of companies, church or public administration; creating and exploring identities in work contexts; organizational transformation; product development; university learning. Especially transdisciplinary settings are designed to provide learning between practitioners, academics and learners. The methodology has so far been applied with groups from France, Germany, United States, South Africa, Japan, Abu-Dhabi.

 

Title : 
  Visualization Strategies in Legal Contracts
Author(s) : 
  Dr. Gerlinde Berger-Walliser
Description : 
 

This study examies the use of images and visualization approaches to make legal contracts easier and more implementable. It draws on use of images and visualization in fields such as engineering, medicine and the sciences.

 

Title : 
  Mapping the field of technology and innovation for SD
Author(s) : 
  Vera Ivanaj and Silvester Ivanaj
Description : 
 

The goal of this project is to map the intellectual structure of the field of “Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development” by using co-word analysis method. We use bibliographic databases to extract relevant papers from both academic and practitioner journals in order to reveal and compare the major patterns and trends in the domain. We identify themes which are be central and  represent cohesive concepts ; themes that have arisen, matured, and then faded as major research topics; themes that seem transient or immature, but signaling the appearance of research problems that are able to become central later; and finally those which are peripheral and little developed.

 

Title : 
  Greening Human Resources -  Coaching/Mentoring
Author(s) : 
  Sybil Persson
Description : 
 

By opening the western ideological assumptions to others strategies of meaning, it is possible to frame creative design for a HRD linked to the stakes of compassion and sustainability. When management becomes accompaniment process, harmonization emerges as “vital nourishment” and avoids the separation between the ideal and the vital.

 

Title : 
  Vers un management vert des HR (coaching, mentoring)
Author(s) : 
  Sybil Persson
Description : 
 

En ouvrant les fondements idéologiques occidentaux à d'autres stratégies d'accès au sens, une nouvelle architecture se dessine pour le développement des ressources humaines en lien avec les enjeux de durabilité. Quand le management devient processus d'accompagnement, une harmonisation émerge entre le sensible et l'intelligible qui évite la coupure entre  le vital et l'idéal.

 

Title : 
  From art to ethics, from ethics to sustainability
Author(s) : 
  Paul Shrivastava, E. Günter Schumacher, Marco Tasic and David Wasieleski
Description : 
 

In this study we try to explore and demonstrate how art leads to ethical sensitivity and the attachment to a specific universal ethic and how this ethic fits with the value systems and practice of sustainability. This study includes research on the compatibility of various concepts of philosophy and social sciences, on different art methods used in the corporate world and on the type of implementation problems of sustainability which one can meet in this field.

 

Title : 
  Forms of rationality and managerial behaviour
Author(s) : 
  Michel Verlaine
Description : 
 

The aim of the research is to relax the standard economics paradigm (purely decision theoretic approach and constructivist rationality f.i. Von Neumann Morgenstern) and analyse different forms of rationality (ecological (Smith)) where cognitive biases and emotions can be seen as mechanism to enhance "economic survival" and thus ex-post rationality. We will also relate this to the literature on bounded rationality (Gigerenzer) and behaviour under uncertainty. Finally we analyze entrepreneurship and managerial behaviour through the lens of bounded rationality and evolutionary psychology

 

Title : 
  Organizational Rhythms
Author(s) : 
  Paul Shrivastava, Cata Ratiu and Bilal Abdel Kader
Description : 
 

In this study we use music to explore organizational rhythms. Music as an art form is known to have a wider appeal, because of its unobstructed ability to reach individual and collective emotional planes, where other art forms are often moderated by the intellect. We convert stock price data into acoustic notes and explore patterns of stock price variation at company, industry and stock index levels.

 

Title : 
  Managing with Passion
Author(s) : 
  Paul Shrivastava and Michelle Cooper
Description : 
 

This study uses dance (Argentine Tango) to explore sustainable leadership, team-work, communication, improvisation, risk taking, and other management concepts. Tango culture, music and dance offer an “embodied” form of these management skills and can serve as a vehicle for learning them.

 

Title : 
  Nasa Earth Images Database & Art Meditations.
Author(s) : 
  Paul Shrivastava
Description : 
 

Photographic images of earth taken by NASA satellites are collected and juxtaposed to conventional maps of the imaged area, and graffiti from those areas. Presentations are developed to illustrate concepts of time and evolution.

 

Title : 
  Transdisciplinary Aesthetic Practices for Sustainable Organizations.
Author(s) : 
  Vera Ivanaj & Paul Shrivastava
Description : 
 

This methodological study explores the use of transdisciplinary aesthetic practices and pedagogies for building creative and sustainable organizations. It uses art based methods from painting, photography, music, theater, poetry dance etc, to develop managerial skills of team spirit, communication, innovation, strategic visioning, corporate responsibility among others. A session of this study has already been performed at the Chemichal Engineering School of Nancy France (ENSIC), September, 2011. Click here to know more about this workshop.

 

Title : 
  Aesthetic Practice on Environmental Crisis
Author(s) : 
  Vera Ivanaj & Paul Shrivastava
Description : 
 

We propose to explore an original method for organizational development called “Aesthetic Practice” which engages participants in reflection and action on environmental crises. This method uses the artistic medium of painting, to help group members to create a vision and develop a strategy for the future. Participants will gain an embodied understanding of environmental crisis by thinking, acting and feeling collectively. They will use metaphors to gain deeper knowledge of the problem, through active interaction and engagement process. Aesthetic practice methodology is designed to help participants relate to the problem of environmental crisis in a integrated way: 1) through their emotions (how environmental crisis makes them feel); 2) through their senses (how they experience the environmental crisis sensorily); 3) through their rational and logical mind (how the different elements of the environmental crisis are related); and 4) through their intuition (what makes sense to them). Our aesthetic practice intervention is organized by running a session of 15 to 20 people. The workshop activity can be done in 2 to 4 hours. We will animate the session by following 6 steps of aesthetic methodology, engaging participants to work in small and the large groups. This method has already been experienced at the International Conference “BalanceUnbalance 2011", held at Concordia University, Montreal Canada, November 4th and 5th, 2011. Click here to know more about this workshop.