Interspace for empathy: Engaging with work-related uncertainty through artistic intervention in management education

Ana Paula Lafaire*, Ari Kuismin, Johanna Moisander, Leni Grünbaum

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Abstract

How can artistic intervention facilitate empathic engagement with work-related uncertainty in postgraduate management education? To examine this, we theorize artistic intervention as creating an interspace of temporarily suspended organizational norms through which empathy as relational knowing can emerge between participants. Drawing on an ethnographic study entitled Becoming in Academia, a nine-month artistic intervention conducted by a group of doctoral students in a Nordic business school (NBS), this paper highlights how an interspace for empathic engagement with work-related uncertainty was created by the participants through three intervention activities: aligning oneself to the other, narrating a collective validation, and acknowledging the agency of the other. In contributing to arts-based management education research, the paper theorizes and empirically elaborates on empathic knowing as emerging from activities of artistic intervention, opening an interspace, and providing new insight into arts-based methods as means for engaging with uncertainty within management education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-244
Number of pages18
JournalCulture and Organization
Volume28
Issue number3-4
Early online date22 Jan 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • arts-based methods
  • doctoral education
  • Empathy
  • interspace
  • storytelling
  • uncertainty
  • diversity, equality and inclusion

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