Strategy & Organisation Research Seminar

Event Date: 23 October 2013

Presenter 1Prof Barbara Simpson/Dr Alia Weston/Rory Tracey

Title:  Creative practice in an accelerating world

 Abstract:  The apparently accelerating pace of life in developed Western economies is, arguably, a defining characteristic of the 21st century, where speed has become the handmaiden of progress, but with potentially catastrophic consequences for the health and well-being of the planet. Our interest is in how this addiction to speed affects the emergence of creativity in organisations. Drawing on empirical evidence from three artisanal Scottish food producers, we contrast this speed imperative with the rich experience that underpins Slow philosophy. We argue that creative practice requires attention to both the discipline of the clock and the embodied and sensual experience of temporality.


Presenter 2Dr Kostas Tomazos

Title:    When Hippocrates and Pygmalion Met Barbie Abroad: Where do we go from here?  An investigation into the international cosmetic tourism market

Abstract:  With the ever-increasing obsession with celebrity culture, countless gossip magazines and reality television shows, today’s society has become one that idolizes physical perfection (Lipman-Blumen, 2005). Magazines have spreads dedicated to achieving the desired ‘look’, be it make up, hair or clothes and there are television shows dedicated to providing an insight into the lives of celebrities. In this image conscious environment taking action and correcting or altering physical flaws has become normal and this obsession supports a worldwide industry that worships physical perfection and has a relatively skewed view of what is natural. The increasing normalization of cosmetic surgery through popular culture and media and the expansion of medical tourism have facilitated the emergence of the cosmetic tourism sector. This paper aims to investigate cosmetic tourism and provide an overview of this tourism trend, by focusing on its web-based online offering. To this end data from the websites or 17 different cosmetic surgery providers is used to gain an insight into their offerings. This analysis allows this paper to examine whether the contemporary offering of cosmetic tourism services meets the criteria of autonomy, nonmaleficence, and beneficence, as set out by medical ethics. To this end research emphasis is placed on the services, pricing strategies and the packaging of the cosmetic tourism product and the extent of information made available to prospective customers about the quality of the procedures and the potential risks involved.

This is still work in progress I aim to expand the cosmetic tourism providers’ database. This seminar presentation highlights initial key observations and issues for discussion. 

Published: 14 January 2016

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