Quotation Kornberger, Martin, Kreiner, Kristian, Clegg, Stewart. 2011. The value of style in architectural practice. Culture and Organization. 17 (2), 139-153.




To date, organization theory’s attempts to understand architecture firms have focused by and large on debates about increasing managerialization and economization of the profession. This paper suggests an alternative approach by conceptualizing architecture as practice that does not adhere only to a narrow economic logic of value creation but also focuses on the production of aesthetic value. We will introduce the concept of style to understand how architecture practice routinely breaks routines and follows the rule of rule breaking. We will analyze architecture practice as a form of organized heresy – a hegemonic engine for the production of difference. In order to illustrate our points we will draw on qualitative empirical fieldwork with an architecture firm (synonym Earth Architects).


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Culture and Organization
Citation Index SSCI
Language English
Title The value of style in architectural practice
Volume 17
Number 2
Year 2011
Page from 139
Page to 153
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2011.544893
Open Access N


Kornberger, Martin (Details)
Clegg, Stewart (University of Technology Sydney, Australia)
Kreiner, Kristian (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)
Research Institute for Urban Management and Governance FI (Details)
Urban Management and Governance (Meyer) (Details)
Institute for Public Management and Governance IN (Details)
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