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  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 4th Revised edition edition (27 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412939798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412939799
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The strong point of this book is that it strengthens your personal radar -the ability to 'read' organizations. Probing what is really going on and the underlying influences. A classic book in its field.

The basis of this book is that you cannot understand complex organizations, in any meaningful way through a single perspective. People in organizations operate on many perspectives. Each view of the world creates its own understanding of the organizational problems, solutions and daily pattern of interaction. The time spent on this book will enable you to far better understand what is going on around you than your peers.

A leading Canadian University running a progamme on Organization design has used this material and also drawn on the following:

* Designing Effective Organizations. This is a UK book from Ashridge. Which contains nine tests of organizational design. A useful and more pragmatic resource, in its style than this book. (See my other reviews)

This book can be complex and hard going in places. This is balanced by the many different insights provided. Many readers might find chapters 7 and 9 a step to far, and skip them.

The core message perhaps is - limit your thinking and you will limit your range of options. Each way of seeing/viewing organizations will produce distinctive insights, with their own pattern of strengths and limatations. The challenge is to integrate the insights and then develop an action strategy that can suit your own purpose.

For an alternative view on organizational politics/dynamics see:

* Who really matters: The core group theory of power, privilege, and success.
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As leadership expert & psychologist I deeply appreciate the multitude of evidence based insights offered in this book about organisations. The book strikes a beautiful balance between sensemaking, understanding and theory, evidence & science. A book that goes beyond recipees and simplicities and that at the same time offers pragmatic insights and frameworks. As Kurt Lewin once said, there is nothing so practical as a good theory. In this (rare) case, I agree.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve Hearsum on 19 Mar. 2009
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This was a set text for a Masters degree I did a couple of years ago. It is one of the books that impressed me the most, as it does an excellent job of identifying and unpicking the different lenses that have been applied to organisations over the years. In particular, the chapters on organisations as psychic prisons and as flux & change I found particularly powerful.

Morgan does an excellent job of analysing the most common metaphors for organisation, and offers the reader both the pros and cons of each, in a way that I found particularly accessible and unlike most books I have read in this area.

Highly recommended, and even if you can only pick up one of the earlier additions, worth having as they do not differ too much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thinh Nguyen on 20 Oct. 2013
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I would give 10 stars if I can. Thank you so much. I hope that I will buy something form you again :))
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan Øystein Thorsnæs on 27 Aug. 2010
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I was first introduced to Gareth Morgen's images of organization in an introduction course in Organization and Manangement at my first term of a bachelor program in Management. In retrospect I imagine my introduction to this work as a gathering of organizational academics happy for their reunion, passionately discussing organizational theory while opening new bottles of red wine:

-the passion for the subject and their lingual capabilities are reflected in that this work is great litterature.
-the reunion of organizational academics reflects that this is s work of inspiration and perspective widening for the ones that is allready quite familiar with the field. There is not that much room for pedagocial structuring and introducing the ones that is not allready familiar with the scholars and theories presented in this book.
-the work has the form of a academic conversation in the sense that it focus on the subjects that is of interest for the ones present there and then, it does not have a need to make sure it has included all that might should be include or argue why a topic is (not) included.
-the opening of new bottles of red wine reflects that the ideas introduced in this work starts for the traditional, down to earth that is part of any textbook and ends in deary, new thought, that does not mind introducing controversial and far less structures ideas as wore wine is consumed.

I can remember that our first term organization and management course where concluded with an exam case asing us to analyze Mac Donalds on background of the 3 most relevant methafores. It took us some time with puzzeling to conclude that the 3 fairly objective right methafores would be machine, organizm and culture.
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