Exploring Morgan's Metaphors: Theory, Research, and Practice in Organizational Studies

Exploring Morgan's Metaphors: Theory, Research, and Practice in Organizational Studies


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Exploring Morgan's Metaphors: Theory, Research, and Practice in Organizational Studies by Anders Ortenblad

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506318776
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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 Contents

Foreword - Gareth Morgan
Chapter 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 Book
Chapter 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 Environment
Chapter 3. Morgan's Legacy in Theorizing and Understanding Organizations - Joep Cornelissen
Morgan and Metaphors
How Metaphors Work
Metaphors and Theories of Organization
Chapter 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 Metaphors
Chapter 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 Happiness
Chapter 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
Chapter 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
Chapter 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 Studies
Chapter 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 Conclusion
Chapter 10. Organization as Affect: Moving on Metaphorically - David Grant, Cliff Oswick
Revisiting the Metaphor and Organization Journey
A New Challenge
Organization as Affect
Chapter 11. The "Metaphor" Metaphor: Educating Practitioners for Reflective Judgment - Haridimos Tsoukas
Reflective Thinking
Organizations as Texts
Refined Understanding
Chapter 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

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