Colour and Organization Studies

Timon Beyes

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Colour is inescapable. It fills and forms the world, shaping what can be felt and known, desired and expressed. It thus becomes social technology and organizational tool. At the same time, however, colour betrays, undermines and subverts the attempts to manage it. Based on an understanding of colour as aesthetic force and medium of transformation, the essay presents a montage of scenes that set up encounters with what colour does: how it affects organization, and how it is affected by organization; how it organizes what is given to perception, knowledge and organization itself, and how it is reorganized in return.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOrganization Studies
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1467-1482
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Published online: October 5, 2016


  • Aesthetics
  • Benjamin
  • Chromatics
  • Colour
  • Goethe
  • Organization studies

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