A1 Journal article (refereed)
Interspace for empathy : engaging with work-related uncertainty through artistic intervention in management education (2022)

Lafaire, A. P., Kuismin, A., Moisander, J., & Grünbaum, L. (2022). Interspace for empathy : engaging with work-related uncertainty through artistic intervention in management education. Culture and Organization, 28(3-4), 227-244. https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2022.2029442

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All authors or editors: Lafaire, Ana Paula; Kuismin, Ari; Moisander, Johanna; Grünbaum, Leni

Journal or series: Culture and Organization

ISSN: 1475-9551

eISSN: 1477-2760

Publication year: 2022

Publication date: 24/01/2022

Volume: 28

Issue number: 3-4

Pages range: 227-244

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2022.2029442

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/79545

Additional information: Special Issue: Teaching what is not there: Engaging art in higher education on organizing and management


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.

Keywords: leadership (activity); management education; doctoral education; empathy; arts-based methods; stories; uncertainty; liminality

Free keywords: empathy; arts-based methods; doctoral education; uncertainty; storytelling; interspace

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Reporting Year: 2022

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