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Images of Organization [Paperback]

by Gareth Morgan
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May 9, 2006 1412939798 978-1412939799 Updated
Since its first publication over twenty years ago, Images of Organization has become a classic in the canon of management literature. The 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 resource for exploring the complexity of modern organizations internationally, translating leading-edge theory into leading-edge practice.

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Editorial Reviews

Review

Professor Morgan,

I only recently received a copy of Images of Organization (updated edition) as a desk copy to review for the I/O Psych class that I teach. I just started reading your book I am absolutely blown away by it. I cannot believe that I had missed this marvelous work. My ignorance knows few, if any, limits!


You pull together such a span of ideas and integrate them beautifully with your own angle, stimulating one's thinking. This is the kind of mind opening perspective to which I like to expose my classes. Thank you for condensing it so powerfully. By the way, the bibliographic notes are as exciting a read as is the rest of the book. I look forward to devouring the rest of the book.


James Michael Burke, Ph.D.
Virginia Commonwealth University
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Center for Public Policy
(Letter from James Michael Burke, Ph.D. 2006-10-03)

"This is the new updated edition of a classic published over 20 years ago. The book is based on the simple premise that all theories of organization and management are based on implicit images of metaphors that stretch our imagination in a way that can create powerful insights, but at the risk of distortion. The author provides a rich and comprhensive resource for exploring the complexity of modern organizations internationally, translating theory into practice." (APADE 2006-12-05)

“A universe of thanks to you for spearheading the metaphoric, creative thinking about organizations. Your method has essentially electrified my teaching.”

--Mohammad A. Auwal, CSU, Los Angeles

(Mohammad A. Auwal 2007-01-25)

"Let me say that I've loved teaching this course for over 10 years now, in part, because your book (and now the excellent CD) are so well thought out. You deserve a bow. Bravo." (Jim Bonilla 2007-02-26)

"This book is based on the simple premise that all theories of organization and management are based on implicit images of metaphors that stretch our imagination in a way that can create powerful insights, but at the risk of distortion. The author provides a rich and comprehensive resource for exploring the complexity of modern organizations internationally, translating theory into practice." (Abstract of Public Administration Development and Environment 2007-04-16)

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; Updated edition (May 9, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412939798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412939799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organizational Overview May 22, 2011
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Morgan's Images of Organization is a well written book. I purchased this book for a class in Adult Education, and it is remarkably interesting. The book is organized around eleven chapters and a postscript. The most interesting parts of the book are Chapters 2 through 7.

CH 2: Organizations as Machines
CH 3: Organizations as Organisms
CH 4: Organizations as Brains
CH 5: Organizations as Cultures
CH 6: Organizations as Political Systems
CH 7: Organizations as Psychic Prisons

These chapters represent the majority of the material relevant to organizational theory. Anyone who wants to learn more about organizational design should read this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever on organizations November 9, 2010
By L. Geri
Format:Paperback
Ignore the bad reviews below. This is one of the best books ever written on
organizations. If you are a serious student of management, this book is an essential
text.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Brilliant April 19, 2012
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I loved reading this book. As a life-long student of organizational dynamics, I found Morgan's use of various metaphors to describe organizational theory to be both fascinating and an outstanding teaching tool. The book is a great teacher of the basic theoretical models and draws from the work of key thinkers in describing each model. As a stand-alone text it is very good, but I also envision using Morgan's metaphorical approach to enable organizations to become self-aware of their own patterns and how they impact overall effectiveness.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book February 14, 2014
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This was a great book and nice to read.
It flowed well and really explained things....

Great historical perspective also.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Identification of the images of organization November 5, 2013
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The metaphors of understanding the image of organizations and to identify the image by the characteristics exhibited by an organization became clear with help of Gareth Morgan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Different images of organisations September 16, 2013
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I iked the different paintings of organisations and helps one locate where their organisations are and where they can move to, I liked the fact that disadvantages and advantages are outlined. A reading reccommended for big and small organisations whether private or public
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative But confusing August 16, 2013
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This book was very informative but seemed packed with too much information and at times confusing. If my instructor had not assigned Intro to Public Administration along with this it would have been a little more difficult. Too much for a beginner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring book
Not a fun read for the causal reader. This book was a required read for a course I took. Pass.
Published 20 days ago by doublehelix
5.0 out of 5 stars Brand new book in great condition
I am very pleased with the purchase as the book came just as I expected. . .new and brilliant Thank you for the product
Published 2 months ago by Jay West
4.0 out of 5 stars Good product
Exactly what I was promised. I am using it for a grad class so it's not a personal preference of mine.
Published 5 months ago by Janet
2.0 out of 5 stars wheres the beef?
Sections of the book are missing or in the wrong place (I.e., misnumbered). The content is helpful in understanding the topic but very disappointed in construction.
Published 6 months ago by Erika Jay
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.....Very Thought Provoking.
Morgan's book helps you look at the organization in a metaphorical way. By doing that, it forces you to raise questions and examine objective avenues. Very enlightening. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christoph Forbes
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Text book concepts have merit, but the author seems to drop in political views as part of the text, I do not find that good learning
Published 12 months ago by no name
5.0 out of 5 stars great textbook
I bought my copy used and it is in very good condtition. I am reading this for class. If it weren't required reading, I would still enjoy reading this book. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kathryn A. Mattson
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book
This book opened my eyes to theories that have employed for a long time in industry. It provides a better understanding of organizations, their structures, and many management... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Daryl A. Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple-easy to read.
Simple easy-to-read literature on the dynamics of the work place. I bought this book for a course on organizational development/leadership and I used it for so many other courses... Read more
Published 15 months ago by lauramagal
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