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Images of Organization

ISBN-10: 0803928319
ISBN-13: 9780803928312
Edition: 1986
Authors: Gareth Morgan
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Description: Effective managers are skilled in the art of 'reading' the situations that they must organize or manage. Professor Morgan's book is designed to develop the art of reading and understanding organizations. Firstly, he shows how many of our  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/1/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Effective managers are skilled in the art of 'reading' the situations that they must organize or manage. Professor Morgan's book is designed to develop the art of reading and understanding organizations. Firstly, he shows how many of our conventional ideas about organizations and management build upon a small number of images, especially mechanical or biological ones. Secondly, by exploring these and alternative images, he shows how to develop new ways of thinking about organizations. Thirdly, he demonstrates how this method of analysis can be used for the management and design of organizations. And fourthly, he explores the theoretical implications raised by this kind of analysis. Morgan works from the premise that our theories and explanations of organizational life are based on metaphors that lead us to see and understand organizations in distinctive, yet partial ways. He demonstrates how the use of different methaphors provides new ways to manage and design organizations. Overall, this work stands as a treatise on metaphorical thinking that contributes to both the theory and practice of organizational analysis. `The book is profoundly original and has the quality of a masterpiece. No one before him has so fully and convincingly demonstrated the advantages of taking a multiperspective approach to the study of organizations... In every decade since World War II three or four books have stood out as opening up new vistas in organizational behaviour... For the eighties, Images of Organization will... be such a book.' - Eric Trist, Professor Emeritus, Wharton School and Fellow, International Academy of Management `This is one of the most innovative and exciting organizational studies texts that I have read in a long time. Gareth Morgan offers us a repertoire of new ways for understanding complex organizations.' - Andrew H Van de Ven, Professor of Human Systems Management, University of Minnesota

Introduction
Mechanization Takes Command
Organizations As Machines
Machines, Mechanical Thinking, and the Rise of Bureaucratic Organization
Strengths and Limitations of the Machine Metaphor
Nature Intervenes
Organizations As Organisms
Discovering Organizational Needs
Recognizing the Importance of Environment, Organizations as Open Systems
Contingency Theory
The Variety of the Species
Organizational Health and Development
Natural Selection
Organizational Ecology
Strengths and Limitations of the Organismic Metaphor
Toward Self-Organization
Organizations As Brains
Images of the Brain
Organizations as Information-Processing Brains
Brains and Organizations as Holographic Systems
Strengths and Limitations of the Brain Metaphor
Creating Social Reality
Organizations As Cultures
Culture and Organization
Creating Organizational Reality
Strengths and Limitations of the Culture Metaphor
Interests, Conflict, and Power
Organizations As Political Systems
Organizations as Systems of Government
Organizations as Systems of Political Activity
Manageing Pluralist Organizatons
Strengths and Limitations of the Political Metaphor
Exploring Plato's Cave
Organizations As Psychic Prisons
The Trap of Favored Ways of Thinking
Organizations and the Unconscious
Strengths and Limitations of the Psychic Prison Metaphor
Unfolding Logics Of Change
Organization As Flux and Transformation
Implicate and Explicate Aspects of Organization
Autopoiesis
The Logic of Self-Producing Systems
Organizations as Self-Producing Systems
Loops not Lines
The Logic of Mutual Causality
Contradiction and Crisis
The Logic of Dialectical Change
Strengths and Limitations of the Flux Metaphor
The Ugly Face
Organizations As Instruments of Domination
Organization as Domination
How Organizations Use and Exploit their Employees
Multinationals and the World Economy
Strengths and Limitations of the Domination Metaphor
Developing the Art of Organizational Analysis
Using Metaphor to Read and Understand Organization
Using Metaphor to Manage and Design Organization
Reading as Theory in Practice
Imaginization
A Direction For the Future
On Elephants and Organizations
Imaginization
Organization as a way of Thinking

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