Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation

Michelle LeBaron & Nadja Alexander, "Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation", Organizational Aesthetics: Vol. 9: Issue 2, 62-82 (2020)

Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 11/2020

22 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2020 Last revised: 4 Dec 2020

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Nadja Marie Alexander

Singapore Management University - School of Law; Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance; Singapore International Dispute Resolution Academy

Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia (UBC)

Date Written: February 1, 2020

Abstract

In this paper we explore the alchemical possibilities of aesthetics in transforming organizational performance. We ground our discussion in an exploration of how four alchemical elements – earth, water, air and fire – identified in the work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, can catalyse transformation. Inspired by Jung, we examine how these elements help us to better build awareness – of ourselves, of others in teams and work groups, and of untapped potential in organizational contexts. By developing greater awareness of aesthetics and their alchemical potential, leaders can better navigate the emergent and complex workings of organizational transformation processes, whether change is the desired outcome of a process, or is an undesired consequence of forces beyond an organization’s control.

Keywords: Organizational change, conflict engagement, arts-based methods, expressive arts, Jungian theory, alchemy

Suggested Citation

Alexander, Nadja Marie and LeBaron, Michelle, Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation (February 1, 2020). Michelle LeBaron & Nadja Alexander, "Optimising Performance: How Jungian Alchemy Informs Organisational Transformation", Organizational Aesthetics: Vol. 9: Issue 2, 62-82 (2020), Singapore Management University School of Law Research Paper No. 11/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3583370

Nadja Marie Alexander (Contact Author)

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Michelle LeBaron

University of British Columbia (UBC)

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