From: Emerald Group Publishing
Published: Mon Nov 14 2005

Recent years have seen a remarkable growth in the use of arts programmes by businesses to meet organisational learning and employee training needs.

The Arts & Business Council of Americans for the Arts has formed Creativity Connection, the first national programme to help businesses and corporations meet their training and development objectives through arts-based learning.

And it’s not just confined to the USA. For example, this year’s Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) conference will include, "Experiential management training, which embraces everything from drama to outdoor activities for employee development, demonstrates the show is not just about cutting-edge technology. Purple Monster […], for example, is promoting arts-based solutions to improve management skills. " Executives find arts-based learning an invaluable tool to enhancing employees’ creative thinking and strengthening employee skills in valuable areas such as collaboration, conflict resolution, change management, presentation/public performance and intercultural communication.

Leading worldwide management journal publisher, Emerald Group Publishing, has devoted its most recent issue of the Journal of Business Strategy (published 30 September) to arts-based learning in business. The special issue is co-edited by Harvey Seifter, director of Creativity Connection, and Ted Buswick of The Boston Consulting Group (and member of the Creativity Connection advisory council). Designed to be one of the most comprehensive and definitive compilations on arts-based learning in business to date, it includes interviews with Harold McGraw III, chairman and CEO of The McGraw-Hill Companies; George Stalk, senior vice president of The Boston Consulting Group; and James Hill, vice president of Unilever.

To launch the issue, a reception was held by Creativity Connection (a program of the Arts & Business Council of American for the Arts) on 7 November 2005, at The Mc Graw-Hill Companies, 2nd Floor Conference Centre, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, USA.

Copies of the special issue on Arts-Based Learning (Journal of Business Strategy Volume 26, issue 5) are available to journalists by contacting: Catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com. Alternatively, go to http://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/jbs/jbs.htm to view the special issue online.

Emerald is exhibiting at the Online Information Show at London Olympia from 29 November to 1 December 2005, stand number 170.

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Gill Crawford, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Tel: 01274 777700, email: gcrawford@emeraldinsight.com or
Catherine Dhanjal, TheAnswer Ltd, Tel: 0208 655 0953/0794 166 9925, Catherine.dhanjal@theansweruk.com
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