Images of Organization Executive Edition

Gareth Morgan (Author)

Publication date: 05/27/1998

Bestseller over 25,000+ copies sold

Images of Organization
  • 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.

  • 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

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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.

  • 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

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Gareth Morgan is the author of seven books, including Imaginization and Images of Organization , and has worked throughout Europe and North America with such companies as Continental AG, GE, Hewlett Packard, Northern Telecom, Royal Bank of Canada, Shell, and Volkswagen, introducing thousands of managers to the role of metaphor in managing change. Morgan is Distinguished Research Professor at York University in Toronto and has been elected Life Fellow of the International Academy of Management in recognition of an outstanding international contribution to the science and art of management.

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Table of Contents

  1. The Promise of Images of Organization
  2. Mechanization Takes Command: Organizations as Machines
  3. Nature Intervenes: Organizations as Organisms
  4. Learning and Self-Organization: Organizations as Brains
  5. Creating Social Reality: Organizations as Cultures
  6. Interests, Conflicts, and Power: Organizations as Political Systems
  7. Exploring Plato's Cave: Organizations as Psychic Prisons
  8. Unfolding Logics of Change: Organization as Flux and Transformation
  9. The Ugly Face: Organizations as Instruments of Domination
  10. Reading and Shaping Organizational Life
  11. Using Metaphor to Manage in a Turbulent World

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Endorsements

"A fine, well-thumbed friend returns reborn and refreshed. No one who cares about organizations should miss this living classic."

-Curt Lindberg, President, VHA of New Jersey

"We are moving from the world of traditional organizing forms into a new and uncharted world. If I were to choose one guidebook for exploring both worlds, I'd choose Images of Organization. It will help practitioners and leaders multiply their abilities to see, understand, and redesign organizations to fit today's extraordinary challenges."

-Bill Veltrop, Founder, International Center for Organizational Design

"An intellectual tour de force . . . a major contribution to the literature."

-Journal of Occupational Psychology

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