Representing Wholeness: Learning via Theatrical Productions


Ethics and Business Law; Management; Center for Ethical Business Cultures

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theatre, arts, aesthetics, organizational learning, wholeness


To facilitate learning in a complete way means engaging in a holistic experience of learning that includes both artistic and discursive forms of representation. This requires the learner to be wholly present in the moment and capable of understanding and linking both the rational and emotional dimensions of learning and knowing. Consistent with previous work in organizational and reflective learning, the authors suggest that the use of theatre is a powerful tool to create this wholeness, and present reflections on our experience regarding this supposition. The authors then discuss further applications of this experience to enhance learning.

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Journal of Management Inquiry

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19 (2), 127-136