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Ian Lennie's topical and practical text relates everyday management practice to contemporary management theories. This book discusses the impact of postmodern and constructionist thought on the traditional framework for understanding the behaviour of managers. By examining the importance of language, aesthetics, ethics and the individual psyche, this innovative book gives management students a new framework for understanding and applying management techniques in a complex environment. This book will give students a sense of the practical relevance of contemporary theory and will offer managers a radically different way of perceiving thier enterprise ad evaluating iots effectiveness.

Managing and Poetry
Managing and poetry

Until the 1980s, coupling professional management and metaphor would seem to risk drawing Dr Johnson's indictment of metaphysical poetry as ‘the most heterogeneous ideas … yoked by violence together’. But an interest in metaphor has become evident in management and organization theory, if not amongst managers themselves. Of particular importance has been the work of Gareth Morgan (1980, 1983, 1986), culminating in Images of Organization. While he has been criticized for a blindness to relations of domination in the workplace – threatening, according to one reviewer, to turn organization theory into a ‘supermarket of metaphors’ (Reed, 1990) – Morgan not only opened up a different way of looking at organization, but also drew attention to the ever-present working of metaphor ...

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