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Organisational theatre and polyphony: the use of theatre as an artist-led intervention in organisational change

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posted on 2022-03-28, 19:37 authored by Linda Julianna Matula
Despite a growing body of research on organisational theatre as artist-led intervention in organisational change, the character and impact of the method remains disputed. To extend the prevailing discussions, this thesis presents a longitudinal and in-depth study of an organisational theatre event and the associated change process. I employ the concept of polyphony to explore the multiple and diverse influences upon organisational theatre and the contentious nature of its outcomes. The thesis makes an empirical contribution to this field through its documentation of the complex, multi-faceted, ambiguous and fluid social and political dynamics of organisational theatre from before project inception to after its completion. Further, it makes a theoretical contribution to organisational studies of artistled interventions in organisational change through its application and interrogation of the concept of polyphony. Understanding organisations as inherently polyphonic serves as a guide for extending and updating radical Boalian, ambiguity and paradox based perspectives on the study of organisational theatre and its consequences.


Table of Contents

Chapter One. Introduction -- Chapter Two. Literature review -- Chapter Three. Methodological framework, research design and case study description -- Chapter Four. Who controls the looking glass? Organisational theatre and synoptic power -- Chapter Five. The theatre takes shape : the negotiation bazaar -- Chapter Six. Organisational theatre as process : polyphony, paradox & public discourse -- Chapter Seven. Translating, deconstructing and harmonising : organisational theatre and organisational polyphony -- Chapter Eight. Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 257-272

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Department, Centre or School

Macquarie Graduate School of Management

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Richard J. Badham

Additional Supervisor 1

Stefan Meisiek


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