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Images of organization

"This book is based on a very simple premise-that all theories of organization and management are based on implicit images or metaphors that stretch our imagination in a way that can create powerful insights, but at the risk of distortion. Gareth Morgan provides a rich and comprehensive resourc...

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Main Author: Morgan, Gareth, 1943-
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Thousand Oaks : Sage Publications, [2006]
Physical Description: xv, 504 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Edition: Updated ed.
Online Access: Table of contents only
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Table of Contents:
  • Mechanization takes command : organizations as machines
  • Nature intervenes : organizations as organisms
  • Learning and self-organization : organizations as brains
  • Creating social realty : organizations as cultures
  • Interests, conflict, and power : organizations as political systems
  • Exploring Plato's cave : organizations as psychic prisons
  • Unfolding logics of change : organization as flux and transformation
  • The ugly face : organizations as instruments of domination
  • The challenge of metaphor
  • Reading and shaping organizational life
  • Postscript.
  • An overview
  • Some images of organization
  • Implications for practice.