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Images of Organization Updated Edition

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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.
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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: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Garth Morgan's Images of Organization is a surprisingly good read. His metaphorical descriptions of organizations as machines, organisms, brains, cultures, political systems, and psychic prisons is a sound pedagogical strategy. It's not the deepest book in the world, but it's interesting, well-written and certainly worthwhile. Taking a college course in organizational analysis seemed at first a dreary proposition, but it turned out to be one of the better courses I took in college, and Morgan's book helped.
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This book gives key insight into contemporary rhetoric techniques that organizations use. It helps you understand the basis of a lot of beurocracy and how it works. With any book like this, you can find strong points of disagreement in their argument, but through a critical view, you can pull good points of knowledge to help form an acurate understanding of organizations as a whole.
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Gareth Morgan has created a resource for global managers! The images of organization educate the reader on the eight metaphors, that, are designed to teach valuable insight on the different behaviors encountered in the workplace. This book is a well written artifact. Too bad there isn't a certifiable study guide that compacts the information for busy scholars!
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