Art-Based Learning in Business in Mainland China

  • Peng Yongwen Shanghai Theatre Academy, China
Keywords: Art-based learning, Corporation, Artists, Entrepreneurs, U-Theory, 以藝術為基礎的企業學習, U型理論, 藝術家, 企業家

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Creative Arts Educ Ther (2015) 1(1):41–52DOI: 10.15534/CAET/2015/1/6

Art-Based Learning in Business in Mainland China


Peng Yongwen 彭勇文

Shanghai Theatre Academy, China


This study is based on investigations, research and practices of art-based learning in businesses of Mainland China. Using Otto Sharmer’s learning and innovation U-Theory model, and on the basis of the author’s own practice, it is proposed that art-based learning presented by artists has been helping entrepreneurs and their teams enhance connections with themselves, each other, and the environment. The application of arts to businesses demonstrates a growing social trend of recognizing the spiritual value of humans and the increasing importance of the construction of ecological organizations, as well as the structuring and formation of social fields, all of which are beneficial to relationships and productivity in a wide range of industries. This article further discusses the two difficulties artists often encounter when they enter corporations, namely, research and practical application on the front lines, and development of rational thinking and useful tools in order to strengthen the long-term effects of the participants’ experiences from artistic workshops, solve real-life problems, and generate meaningful results.


本論文對近年來國內企業學習領域的藝術應用進行了調查和研究。根據美國麻省理工學院教授奧拓-夏莫(Otto Sharmer)的U型理論,並結合作者本人的實踐,本文提出了企業家需要藝術家的三個理由,藝術家能夠幫助企業家增強與自我、與他人、與環境的聯結。藝術家們走進工商企業,代表著一種社會潮流,人的心靈價值正在回歸,社會越來越重視生態型組織的建設,重視場域的構建,這些都有利於社會成員間的聯結和共創,推動各領域的創新和發展。本文還提出藝術家進入企業可能遇到的兩個困難,需要他們深入最前沿去研究現實情況,在實踐掌握跨界應用的方法,同時還需要借助理性的思維和實用的工具,增強感性體驗效果的長期性,以解決現實的問題,產生實際的作用。


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Yongwen, P. (2015). Art-Based Learning in Business in Mainland China. Creative Arts in Education and Therapy (CAET), 1(1), Pages 41 - 52. Retrieved from

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