Atmosphären in Organisationen. A Book by Christian Julmi

Atmosphären in Organisationen. Wie Gefühle das Zusammenleben in Organisationen beherrschen (by Christian Julmi, Projekt Verlag, Bochum, 2015)


Social life in organizations is significantly affected by atmospheres. For example, a tense, casual or depressed atmosphere has a decisive effect on the course and outcome of a meeting. Those who have no sense for the atmosphere of a group will probably struggle to adjust themselves to or even get a grasp of the group’s demands. Despite the high practical relevance, so far no attempts have been made to theoretically capture atmospheres in organizations in a systematic manner. Aside from the difficulty to locate the atmosphere within a dichotomy of subject and object, this seems mainly due to the complex interweaving of atmospheres and situations that is constitutive for organizations. While, for instance, architecture explores the atmospheric setting within which situations take place, organizations are themselves a social entity and in this sense coincide with the situation shared by its members. Against this background, the book examines the situational dynamics in the formation of atmospheres and the many different shapes atmospheres can take in this context. Theoretically, the book is primarily based on the phenomenological works of Hermann Schmitz and Guido Rappe.

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New Article on Atmosphere and Creativity

The Domain-Specificity of Creativity: Insights from New Phenomenology (Julmi C., Scherm E., «Creativity Research Journal», 27/2, 2015, 151-159).


The question of the domain-specificity of creativity represents one of the key questions in creativity research. This article contributes to the discussion by applying insights from new phenomenology, which is a phenomenological movement from Germany initiated by philosopher Hermann Schmitz. The findings of new phenomenology suggest that creativity is a domain-specific ability with three domains differentiated on the uppermost level: first, the domain of corporeal creativity, which has the task of presenting atmospheres; second, the domain of hermeneutic creativity, which is characterized by dealing with situations; and third, the domain of analytical creativity, which refers to dealing with constellations. These domains can be differentiated further still such that a high consistency of phenomenological approaches with other findings with regard to the question of the domain-specificity of creativity emerges.

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