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ERIC Number: EJ797978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Using Metaphors to Teach Organization Theory
Taber, Tom D.
Journal of Management Education, v31 n4 p541-554 2007
Metaphors were used to teach systems thinking and to clarify concepts of organizational theory in an introductory MBA management course. Gareth Morgan's metaphors of organization were read by students and applied as frames to analyze a business case. In addition, personal metaphors were written by individual students in order to describe the organizations where they worked. Writing personal metaphors enabled students to report subjective images that otherwise could be difficult to describe in normal, declarative language. Students chose metaphors such as a dysfunctional family, hungry bear, ant hill, budding flower, subway, and an alien spaceship to exemplify their organizations. Systems theory was introduced to the students as a particularly useful metaphor for analyzing organizations. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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