Understanding organizations through embodied metaphors
Heracleous, Loizos Th. and Jacobs, Claus D.. (2008) Understanding organizations through embodied metaphors. Organization Studies, Vol.29 (No.1). pp. 45-78. ISSN 0170-8406Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0170840607086637
We outline the dominant, positivist approach to conceptualizing and researching organizations through multi-level research that views levels as independently existing, hierarchically nested entities, and problematize this view by offering an alternative approach based on embodied realism. We operationalize this approach through a study of three organization development workshops where organizational actors constructed artifacts we label embodied metaphors. We propose that analysis of embodied metaphors can enable access to actors' first-order conceptions of organizational levels and related organizational dimensions and reveals alternative qualities and interrelations among them; can support a clinical approach to organizations; provides a window to organizational, divisional or task identities; and poses substantial challenges to established conceptions of ontology and method in organization theory.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Marketing & Strategic Management
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Organizational behavior, Metaphor -- Social aspects, Organization -- Research, Organizational change|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Organization Studies|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||34|
|Page Range:||pp. 45-78|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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