Gareth Morgan’s monumental book, Images of Organization, revolutionized the field of organization theory. In honor of Morgan’s classic text, this edited volume, Exploring Morgan’s Metaphors: Theory, Research, and Practice in Organizational Studies (by Anders Örtenblad, Kiran Trehan, and Linda L. Putnam), illustrates how Morgan’s eight metaphors inform research, practice, and organizational intervention in a variety of contexts. Including contributions from well-known experts in their fields, specifically, Joep Cornelisen, Cliff Oswick, David Grant, and Gareth Morgan, this new text offers fresh perspectives and sets forth new metaphors for conceptualizing organizations in today’s workforce. Readers will gain insights and guidelines into the different ways that Morgan’s metaphors and metaphorical thinking can be used to better understand organizational life, as well as how to study and develop organizations.
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About the Author
Anders Örtenblad is Professor of Organization and Leadership at the faculty of social sciences, Nord University, Norway. His main research interests are fashionable management ideas and their travel in space and time; organizational learning and the learning organization; management education, and the use of metaphors for and in the study of organizations and education. He has published articles in journals such as Human Relations, Management Learning, and International Journal of Management Reviews, and edited books published by Edward Elgar Publishing, Routledge and Sage.
Kiran Trehan is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development at Birmingham University. She has published a number of journal articles, policy reports, books and book chapters in the field. Her work has been supported by grants from research councils, government departments, regional and local agencies, and the private sector. She has been a Guest Editor for multiple journals and serves in national advisory roles that shape debates and policy in leadership, diversity, and enterprise development.
Linda L. Putnam is a Research Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her current research interests include discourse analysis in organizations, negotiation and organizational conflict, and gender. She is the co-editor of twelve books, including The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication (2014), Building Theories of Organization: The Constitutive Role of Communication (2009) and the author/co-author of over 180 journal articles and book chapters. She is a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association, a Fellow of the International Communication Association, and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Academy of Management.
Table of ContentsForeword - Gareth MorganPART I MAKING SENSE OF IMAGES OF ORGANIZATIONChapter 1. Introduction: From Theory to Application of Metaphor in Organizational Analysis - Linda Putnam, Anders Örtenblad, Kiran Trehan Overview of Morgan’s Images of Organization Generating Organizational Metaphors in Theory and Practice Moving From Theory to Application: The Structure of This BookChapter 2. Reflections on Images of Organization - Gareth Morgan On the Genesis of Images of Organization On the Inspiration for Writing This Book On Metaphor and How It Works On the Contributions That Images Makes On Responses to Critiques of Images On Developing New Metaphors for Research On Criteria for Evaluating a Metaphor On Dominant Metaphors in the Field On Additional Generative Metaphors On Metaphors and the Natural EnvironmentChapter 3. Morgan's Legacy in Theorizing and Understanding Organizations - Joep Cornelissen Morgan and Metaphors How Metaphors Work Metaphors and Theories of Organization ConclusionsPART II USING METAPHORS IN ORGANIZATIONAL ANALYSISChapter 4. Approaches to Using Metaphors in Organizational Analysis: Morgan’s Metaphors and Beyond - Anders Örtenblad Framework: Seven Distinctions A Typology of Approaches to Using Metaphors in Organizational Analysis Which Approach Is Preferable? The Chapters in Part II of This Book A Comment on Meta-Metaphors: Understanding How We Approach MetaphorsChapter 5. Viewing Organizations as Enablers of Happiness - Vikas Rai Bhatnagar Dynamic Modeling of Morgan's Metaphors Gaps in Basic Assumptions of Current Metaphors: Toward Enriching Them Perceived Negative Aspects of Humans Conceptualization of Human Beings and Their Purpose New Metaphor of Organizations as Enablers of HappinessChapter 6. Combining Metaphors to Understand New Organizational Phenomena - Thomas Süße, Bernd-Friedrich Voigt, Uta Wilkens IPSS as the Case of Application Metaphors as Frames of Understanding Organizational Phenomena Domains-Interaction Model for Metaphor Development Specifiying Characteristics of Organizing in IPSS Applying Morgan's Images to the Set of IPSS Variables ConclusionsChapter 7. Exploring Metaphors of Leadership - Turo Virtanen Need for Quantitative Analysis What Are Metaphors? The Formulation of Leadership Metaphors and Data Generation Overview of the Distribution of Metaphors The Latent Meaning Structures of Leadership Culture Results Compared With Previous Research ConclusionsChapter 8. Developing Metaphors in Light of the Visual and Digital Turns in Organization Studies: Toward a Methodological Framework - Ron Kerr, Sarah K. Robinson, Carole Elliott The Visual and Digital Turns in Organization Studies The Case: Mondelez International Discussion: Evolving a New Image Through Our Digital Methodology Conclusions: Contributions of This Paper and Ways Forward for Organization StudiesPART III REFLECTIONS, COMMENTARIES, AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITIQUEChapter 9. Imagination and the Political Use of Images - Vitor Hugo Klein, Jr., Christian Huber Assumptions About Images and Imagination From Images of Toward Imagination in Organization Discussion and ConclusionChapter 10. Organization as Affect: Moving on Metaphorically - David Grant, Cliff Oswick Revisiting the Metaphor and Organization Journey A New Challenge Organization as Affect ConclusionsChapter 11. The "Metaphor" Metaphor: Educating Practitioners for Reflective Judgment - Haridimos Tsoukas Reflective Thinking Metaphor Perception Organizations as Texts Refined UnderstandingChapter 12. Of Tropes, Totems, and Taboos: Reflections on Morgan's Images From a Cross-Cultural Perspective - Peter Case, Hugo Gaggiotti, Jonathan Gosling, Mikael Holmgren Caicedo Understanding Tropes, Totems, and Taboos Totems, Images, and Replicas in International Encounters Conclusions