Images of Organization

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1998 - Business & Economics - 349 pages
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An international bestselling classic (over 250,000 copies sold of the first edition), newly revised for today's managers Recognized as one of the most influential management texts of the last decade, Images of Organization revolutionized the way we look at organizations This classic book has been revised, updated, and abridged to meet the needs of today's managers Copublished with Sage Publications This pioneering work is based on a simple premise with profound implications: All organization and management theories are based on images, or metaphors, with paradoxical effects: they can create profound insights but also grotesque distortions. Morgan makes his case by showing how theories of organization and management have been shaped by a few powerful metaphors-most notably those of the machine, the living organism, culture, politics, and, more recently, the learning organization, complexity, chaos, flux, and change. With this seminal work, he shows how managers can avoid superficial management fads by selecting metaphors wisely and then using them creatively to generate insights, ideas, and new ways of working. As the first book to offer a concrete method for integrating the strengths and overcoming the weaknesses of competing management perspectives, Images of Organization has established itself as a classic and influenced management thinking throughout the world. The new edition retains all the vitality of the original and has been updated to integrate significant research of the last decade. It has also been abridged and revised to increase its accessibility and usefulness for managerial audiences. Images of Organization-The Executive Edition is a monumental work. No other management book covers so much ground while developing the implications for management with such force. Morgan is a master of the links between theory and practice. He has a gift for stripping complex ideas to fundamentals, and for fusing a kaleidoscope of insights into practical schemes for reading and shaping organizational life. This essential volume provides the kind of organizational "radar" system managers need to negotiate the demands of the 21st century. It is a resource they will turn to again and again.
  

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

Images of Organization is deep stuff, and not recommended for the casual reader. I loved the exploration into different models of thinking about organizations, but not everyone will share my passion ... Read full review

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User Review  - Harry Ashbaugh - Goodreads

Read this book as part of my graduate school curriculum. Good reference book on organizational structure. A lot of the material is over written and long winded. Read full review

Contents

The Promise of Images of Organization
3
The Power of Metaphor in Organization and Management
4
Some Images of Organization
15
Mechanization Takes Command Organizations As Machines
17
Machines Mechanical Thinking and the Rise of Bureaucratic Organization
19
Strengths and Limitations of the Machine Metaphor
31
Nature Intervenes Organizations As Organisms
35
Discovering Organizational Needs
37
Strengths and Limitations of the Political Metaphor
174
Exploring Platos Cave Organizations As Psychic Prisons
181
The Trap of Favored Ways of Thinking
183
Organization and the Unconscious
186
Strengths and Limitations of the Psychic Prison Metaphor
206
Unfolding Logics of Change Organization As Flux and Transformation
213
Four Logics of Change
214
The Logic of SelfReference
215

Organizations As Open Systems
40
Adapting Organization to Environment
44
The Variety of the Species
50
Promoting Organizational Health and Development
52
The Population Ecology View of Organizations
57
The Creation of Shared Futures
61
Strengths and Limitations of the Organismic Metaphor
63
Learning and SelfOrganization Organizations As Brains
69
Images of the Brain
70
Organizations as Information Processing Brains
73
Creating Learning Organizations
76
SelfOrganization and Regeneration
92
Strengths and Limitations of the Brain Metaphor
107
Creating Social Reality Organizations As Cultures
111
Culture and Organization
112
Creating Organizational Reality
132
Strengths and Limitations of the Culture Metaphor
140
Interests Conflict and Power Organizations As Political Systems
147
Organizations As Systems of Government
149
Organizations As Systems of Political Activity
152
The Logic of Chaos and Complexity
222
The Logic of Mutual Causality
234
The Logic of Dialectical Change
242
Strengths and Limitations of the Flux and Transformation Metaphor
254
The Ugly Face Organizations As Instruments of Domination
259
Organization as Domination
261
How Organizations Use and Exploit Their Employees
264
Multinationals and the World Economy
282
Strengths and Limitations of the Domination Metaphor
291
Implications for Practice
297
Reading and Shaping Organizational Life
299
The Multicom Case
300
Reading and Emergent Intelligence
316
Using Metaphor to Manage in a Turbulent World
319
Excerpt from Imaginization New Mindsets for Seeing Organizing and Managing
323
Bibliography
329
Index
334
About the Author
350
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About the author (1998)

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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