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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.