Orpheus Orchestra

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The Orpheus Orchestra is unique. It is a full functioning, Grammy winning, 28 base member orchestra, formed in 1972. (Khodyakov, 2007) Orpheus’ membership is comprised of world class musicians, some noted for their solo efforts. What makes the Orpheus Orchestra unique is the fact that it practices and performs without a conductor, making it in some ways when compared with other orchestras, leaderless. But the Orpheus Orchestra has many leaders; in fact all its members are leaders. They each contribute to the creativity and innovation of the musical performances and through rotating leadership for coordination of practices and by sub groups that focus on piece delivery, the groups organizational structure promotes a form of trust and control that is intertwined, ultimately producing an exceptional output, and nurturing members whose creativity is not stifled and unlike most orchestras, have high satisfaction in their jobs.
There are many lessons that large business organizations such as Kraft that can learn from the governance structure in place for the Orpheus Orchestra. Large corporations are constantly looking for ways to light a creative spark in their teams, to be more innovative and more productive. We learned how Electrolux did this in our last case study, by creating cross functional development teams. The structure in the Orpheus Orchestra also promotes creativity. Often organizations exercise control over their employees to ensure that operations run smoothly, goals are reached efficiently, and employees cooperate with managers and each other. (Khodyakov, 2007) Hierarchical control often stifles creativity, fosters dissatisfaction, and de-motivates employees which may negatively influence the quality of the final product in creative organizations. (Khodyakov, 2007) The structure of Orpheus promotes open and honest communication, increased…...

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