Stored Stories: How Body-Based Work Changes Old Narratives

Posted: 9 Mar 2017

See all articles by Nadja Marie Alexander

Nadja Marie Alexander

Singapore Management University - School of Law; Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance

Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2016

Abstract

This is a presentation made at the 8th Art of Management and Organization Conference (1st - 4th September 2016) at IEDC-Bled School of Management, Slovenia: Empowering the Intangible.

Work in diverse global organizations has demonstrated how conflict is carried in our bodies, and documented multiple ways that curating and deepening physical wisdom is vital in shifting workplace conflict. Our research explores how emotional and physical work can help shift rigid stories. As narratives become more nuanced, conflict can be transformed—literally released from physical tissues. Increased physical suppleness yields more constructive choices about our internal and shared stories; we literally learn how to extend mobility into narrative realms. In addition, a physical focus imports sensory, aesthetic vocabularies into organizational settings, resourcing richer engagement.

This presentation focuses on how kinaesthetic intelligence enhances organizational effectiveness, both individual and collective, yielding increased:

• proprioception and awareness of self and others;

• capacity to notice and regulate emotions;

• mobility in the midst of impasse;

• abilities to work effectively across cultures and with worldview differences;

• possibilities for surfacing and processing charged memories;

• understandings of subtle nuances and interactional textures that signal shifts;

• expertise in process designs that foster health; and

• creativity in conflict.

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Nadja Marie and LeBaron, Michelle, Stored Stories: How Body-Based Work Changes Old Narratives (September 1, 2016). Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 12/2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2929189

Nadja Marie Alexander

Singapore Management University - School of Law ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore, 179943
Singapore

Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore
Singapore

Michelle LeBaron (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
146
PlumX Metrics