Organizations today need employees who are creative and innovative, yet most OD and HRD initiatives focus only on technical learning. This project challenges the effectiveness of narrow, skills-based, and transactional design and implementation of employee training programs. The integration of aesthetics into HRD is proposed to improve training and development practices through the integration of imagination and creativity. The implications of aesthetics in HRD are outlined, including more holistic learning programs, improved work engagement, and a legitimate need for artful and art-inspired HRD.
University of Minnesota Plan C final project. Spring 2014. Degree: Master of Liberal Studies. Advisers: Barbara Crosby, Julie Neraas. 1 digital file (pdf)
Aesthetics at Work: Using Principles of Art and Beauty to Improve Work Engagement.
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