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This paper examines the effects of arts-based learning (ABL) on individual well-being and organisational change. Through a literature review, the article explores the research evidence that showcases the various benefits of ABL. These benefits include improvements in physical health, enhanced psychological outcomes, increased employee creativity and motivation, fostering collaborative behaviour, effective team-building, and improved communication with co-workers. The study provides a classification of ABL methods and emphasises the role of arts in organisational learning and creating innovative, healthy, and collaborative workplaces.

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Lewandowska, K., & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2023). The effects of arts-based learning on individual wellbeing and organizational change. Edukacja Ekonomistów I Menedżerów, 67(1).


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