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Title: Ethical aspects of aesthetic labour, and links to an earlier concept: sprezzatura. Where next?
Authors: Scarff, William
Citation: In: Proceedings of the UFHRD Ninth International Conference on Human Resource Development Research and Practice Across Europe: May 21-23, 2008 (Ref. 4.21). Lille, France: IESEG School of Management.
Publisher: University Forum for Human Resource Development (UFHRD)
Issue Date: 2008
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/42203
Additional Links: http://www.ufhrd.co.uk/wordpress/?p=421
Abstract: The term aesthetic labour is considered with reference to earlier literature on the influence of attractiveness on recruitment, selection and retention issues for employees, for Human Resource managers and the processes of selecting candidates for training opportunities. The subjectivity and emotional nature of beauty are both noted. A link for future research is suggested to the term sprezzatura from the Italian Renaissance. An unsettling presence of power is considered as a link between aesthetic labour and sprezzatura. Both terms are considered from an employee choosing to use these methods for self advancement and in the case of aesthetic labour when role requires certain behaviour and image. A research question is posed around the tensions between creating the best image for an organisation and adhering to ‘correct’ Human Resource professional practice, with identification of conflict of personal and organisational ethics. A less well known framework for ethics is introduced. The paper is brought to a close by asking conference members about realistic linkages between aesthetic labour, sprezzatura ethics professionalism the role of the Human Resource manager and power.
Type: Meetings and Proceedings
Language: en
Keywords: Business ethics
Aesthetic labour
Sprezzatura
Ethics
Professionalism
Power (Psychology)
Appears in Collections: Management Research Centre

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