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Coda—Creativity and Improvisation in Jazz and Organizations: Implications for Organizational Learning

Frank J. Barrett
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Frank J. Barrett: Department of Systems Management, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California 93943

Organization Science, 1998, vol. 9, issue 5, 605-622

Abstract: After discussing the nature of improvisation and the unique challenges and dangers implicit in the learning task that jazz improvisers create for themselves, the author broadly outlines seven characteristics that allow jazz bands to improvise coherently and maximize social innovation in a coordinated fashion. He also draws on his own experience as a jazz pianist. Finally, implications for organizational design and managing for learning are suggested.

Date: 1998
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