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

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Organizational Theory

September 2016 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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, 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, Hari Tsoukas,  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.

Gareth Morgan
Foreword
 
PART I MAKING SENSE OF IMAGES OF ORGANIZATION
Linda Putnam, Anders Örtenblad, Kiran Trehan
Chapter 1. Introduction: From Theory to Application of Metaphor in Organizational Analysis
Overview of Morgan’s Images of Organization

 
Generating Organizational Metaphors in Theory and Practice

 
Moving From Theory to Application: The Structure of This Book

 
Gareth Morgan
Chapter 2. Reflections on Images of Organization
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

 
Joep Cornelissen
Chapter 3. Morgan's Legacy in Theorizing and Understanding Organizations
Morgan and Metaphors

 
How Metaphors Work

 
Metaphors and Theories of Organization

 
Conclusions

 
 
PART II USING METAPHORS IN ORGANIZATIONAL ANALYSIS
Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 4. Approaches to Using Metaphors in Organizational Analysis: Morgan’s Metaphors and Beyond
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

 
Vikas Rai Bhatnagar
Chapter 5. Viewing Organizations as Enablers of Happiness
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

 
Thomas Süße, Bernd-Friedrich Voigt, Uta Wilkens
Chapter 6. Combining Metaphors to Understand New Organizational Phenomena
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

 
Conclusions

 
Turo Virtanen
Chapter 7. Exploring Metaphors of Leadership
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

 
Conclusions

 
Ron Kerr, Sarah K. Robinson, Carole Elliott
Chapter 8. Developing Metaphors in Light of the Visual and Digital Turns in Organization Studies: Toward a Methodological Framework
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

 
 
PART III REFLECTIONS, COMMENTARIES, AND CONSTRUCTIVE CRITIQUE
Vitor Hugo Klein, Jr., Christian Huber
Chapter 9. Imagination and the Political Use of Images
Assumptions About Images and Imagination

 
From Images of Toward Imagination in Organization

 
Discussion and Conclusion

 
David Grant, Cliff Oswick
Chapter 10. Organization as Affect: Moving on Metaphorically
Revisiting the Metaphor and Organization Journey

 
A New Challenge

 
Organization as Affect

 
Conclusions

 
Haridimos Tsoukas
Chapter 11. The "Metaphor" Metaphor: Educating Practitioners for Reflective Judgment
Gareth Morgan
Chapter 14: Invited commentary/reflection
Ron Kerr, Sarah K. Robinson, Carole Elliott
Developing Metaphors in Light of the Visual and Digital Turns in Organization Studies: Toward a Methodological Framework
Reflective Thinking

 
Metaphor

 
Perception

 
Organizations as Texts

 
Refined Understanding

 
Peter Case, Hugo Gaggiotti, Jonathan Gosling, Mikael Holmgren Caicedo
Chapter 12. Of Tropes, Totems, and Taboos: Reflections on Morgan's Images From a Cross-Cultural Perspective
Understanding Tropes, Totems, and Taboos

 
Totems, Images, and Replicas in International Encounters

 
Conclusions

 

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3

Chapter 8


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