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KINGSTON BUSINESS SCHOOL MA CREATIVE INDUSTRIES & THE CREATIVE ECONOMY Dissertation 2014/15 A Passion for Excellence a New Conception of Passion in Organisations Author: Mikkel Svold, K1434925 Word count: 13.607 This work is the copyright of the author This work is confidential – NO
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A Passion for Excellence a New Conception of Passion in Organisations By Mikkel Svold
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A Passion for Excellence iii Abstract This thesis examines how organisations can use passion to produce excellence. In order to put forth valid recommendations the thesis first suggests organisational theories and contemporary theories on passion to acknowledge a broader and more encompassing idea of what passion in the workplace is. In the thesis it is suggested to leave behind the instrumental discourse on employee passion, and leave behind the idea that passion is solely comprised by positive emotions of benefit to the organisations. Instead, a discourse of passion as an energy encapsulating both negative and positive emotions is suggested. It is also suggested that the passion of an employee has no immediate connection to the workplace, but is rather hinged upon a love for a specific craft – a love understood in the philosophical term of being the feeling of unity with the loved object. With this discourse the thesis precedes to suggest three major themes that enable organisations to include organisational outputs into the passions of the employees. Firstly, it is suggested that organisations induce a profound sense of love between the employees and the organisational outputs. Secondly, it is suggested that organisations help employees develop in order to create a feeling of getting closer to complete mastery, and hence unity, with their craft. Thirdly, the thesis suggests organisations to nurse a culture, which has large notions of trust and acceptance of nerdery (as defined later) and emotional engagement, as this would make the organisation be the place where immersion into the craft is culturally acceptable and not abnormal. With these ideas, the employees are expected to engage into persistent deliberate practise, which in turn would create organisational excellence.
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A Passion for Excellence iv Acknowledgements For this thesis to be a reality, I have relied on an array of people who deserves special thanks. First of all, a big thanks to Dr Miguel Imas for his patience with me when the pressure of time set in, and for enlightening and interesting discussions on the subject matter, which indeed helped shape the research and interpretation of the findings. I would also like to thank the people at Pravda, Nordisk Spisehus, Restaurant Substans, and Zissou Pictures for taking the time and effort to tell their story and letting me into their world of passion and excellence. Thank you for your thoughtful and illuminating insights.
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