Mark Smutny: Radically Inclusive Business Meetings

Are some people more intelligent than others?  If so, should their thoughts be more seriously considered at a business meeting? I say yes and no: the near-universal consensus among Western management scholars is that, by definition, managers should have more intelligence available to them than any other employee of an organization.  It’s upon that intelligence “collection” that managersContinue reading “Mark Smutny: Radically Inclusive Business Meetings”

Vienna’s Opera(s)

Vienna: city of both serious and light music, of opera & operetta.  Vienna was the music workshop of both Johann Strauss, father and son, and Richard Strauss, the legacy of which, may be heard any matinée and/or evening of the week at the Staatsoper – which focuses on opera, the Volksoper – which focuses on operetta,Continue reading “Vienna’s Opera(s)”

Philip Auslander: Performance in a Mediatized Culture

Screens.  At one time, their sole purpose was to shield one’s private life from public glances.  Now, screens are the omnipresent medium through which we spend an astonishing part of our private lives viewing public “performances.” The same multimedia distribution and recording technology that first permitted us to “go to the theater” in our slippers and pajamasContinue reading “Philip Auslander: Performance in a Mediatized Culture”

Julio Mendívil: Musical Violence

“Thy magic power binds together again all that custom divides; all men become brothers where your soft wing glides.”   Since Beethoven concluded his Symphony No. 9 by setting Schiller’s the Ode to Joy into a symphonic finale that, still today, resonates the essence of Western Classical Music in society, few have even allowed themselves to consider that maybe Western Classical MusicContinue reading “Julio Mendívil: Musical Violence”