Images of Organization

Standard Edition

Standard Edition

Since its first publication Images of Organization has become a classic in the management literature. The book is based on a very simple premise—that all theories of organization and management are based on implicit metaphors that stretch our imagination in ways that create powerful insights accompanied by major distortions. It provides a rich and comprehensive resource for exploring the complexity of modern organizations internationally, translating leading-edge theory into leading-edge practice. It challenges and reshapes how we think about organization and management in the most fundamental way.

The book is profoundly original and has the quality of a masterpiece.
— The late Professor Eric Trist, University of Pennsylvania, founder of the Socio-Technical Systems movement

A brilliant and challenging study… A must read for every scholar and practicing consultant who wants to update his mindset and rid himself of conventional wisdom.
— Organization Studies

An intellectual tour-de-force … a major contribution.
— Journal of Occupational Psychology