A Metaphor at Work
Discuss one of the metaphors from Morgan’s writings that applies to your own organizational context, Transportation Security Administration (TSA). From the perspective of a leader/manager, discuss the benefit of identifying the functionality of your organization through the lens of the selected metaphor. What do you learn about your organization using that metaphor? What do you learn about your role in the organization through recognizing the metaphor at work?
This discussion is reflective (No citations/references required). First person is acceptable.
*Post must be a minimum of 250 words.
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Gareth Morgan’s Organisational Metaphors
PER S PEC TI V ES O N OR GA N I S A T I O N S Our interpretations of organisations are always based on some sort of theory to explain reality (Morgan). Many ideas about organisations and management are based on a small number of taken for granted beliefs and assumptions. Organisations are complex and can be understood in terms of several perspectives. People who are inflexible only see organisations in terms of one of these metaphors, but people who are open and flexible and suspend judgement are able to recognise several perspectives, which open up several rather than only a single possibility for dealing with organisations and their problems. We live in a world that is increasingly complex and deal with complexity by ignoring it. Morgan identifies nine organisational perspectives.
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