Can an organisation dance?

Note: This post first featured on “The Art of…” blog, under my name: David Atkinson

I shall shortly be traveling to Vienna, to the 23rd Colloquium of the European Group for Organizational Studies: Beyond Waltz – Dances of Individuals and Organization.

While I am not formally presenting at that colloquium, I am (as a newly qualified PhD) participating in a special early career scholars workshop. There, an essay I am currently working on will receive some critical review. I hope, either from Vienna or shortly after, to add some personal commentary on the proceedings and some thoughts about dancing organisations. Did Marx have a point?

“These petrified [social] conditions must be forced to dance

by singing to them their own melody.”


  1 comment for “Can an organisation dance?

  1. Susan956
    June 29, 2007 at 1:39 am

    I so enjoyed the quote. I translated it to reminding people around us, and those whom we merely encounter, of their specialness. I often think adults fail to remind each other of our respective positives – we seem to live in such a critically oriented society overall. I very much believe in the oriental concept of ‘saving face’ and even if you have an issue with someone, trying to achieve the saving of face for both sides.

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