Images of Organization - the Executive Edition / Edition 1

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Images of Organization shows managers how to break free of management fads by understanding the strengths and weaknesses of management metaphors and applying them to organizational life. Instead of looking for the "best theory" or the "best model", managers learn how to mobilize the insights of all dominant metaphors — of the machine, the living organism, the learning organization, complexity, chaos, and flux — as a creative force.

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Shows how managers can broaden and deepen their understanding of organization and organizational problems and use powerful new metaphors to shape new ways of working. Reveals that all organization and management theories are based on images, or metaphors, that can create profound insights as well as great distortions, and demonstrates how to integrate the strengths and overcome the weaknesses of competing management perspectives. This edition incorporates research of the past decade, and is abridged to increase its accessibility to today's managers. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576750384
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: ABR
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 349
  • Sales rank: 723,454
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Gareth Morgan is well known for his creative contributions to management. He is the author of seven books, including Images of Organization, Creative Organization Theory, Imaginization and Riding the Waves of Change. He acts as consultant and seminar leader to numerous organizations throughout Europe and North America, and is Distinguished Research Professor at York University in Toronto. He has sat on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management, and Organization Studies; and is a Life Fellow of the International Academy of Management. Born in Wales, he now lives in Toronto with his wife, Karen and their children Evan and Heather.

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Table of Contents

List of Exhibits
Preface to the Executive Edition
Pt. I An Overview
1 The Promise of Images of Organization 3
Pt. II Some Images of Organization
2 Mechanization Takes Command: Organizations As Machines 17
3 Nature Intervenes: Organizations As Organisms 35
4 Learning and Self-Organization: Organizations As Brains 69
5 Creating Social Reality: Organizations As Cultures 111
6 Interests, Conflict, and Power: Organizations As Political Systems 147
7 Exploring Plato's Cave: Organizations As Psychic Prisons 181
8 Unfolding Logics of Change: Organization As Flux and Transformation 213
9 The Ugly Face: Organizations As Instruments of Domination 259
Pt. III Implications for Practice
10 Reading and Shaping Organizational Life 299
11 Using Metaphor to Manage in a Turbulent World 319
Bibliography 329
Index 334
About the Author 350
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