This book re-examines management theory ‘after Globalization’. Combining key names and studies from across the world, it explores the local realities that resist universal theories and that permeate the daily lives of practising managers.
The book provides a comprehensive and critical reflection on the widely documented phenomenon of globalization in business. It assesses the implications of the diversity of individual economies and enterprises for general theories of management and concludes by presenting new approaches to the study and research of management and organizations.
Chapter 10: Metaphors and Organizational Action: Postmodernity, Language and Self-regulating Systems – A Mexican Case Study
Metaphors and Organizational Action: Postmodernity, Language and Self-regulating Systems – A Mexican Case Study
And all the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
and one man in his time plays many parts …
W. Shakespeare, As You Like It
The question of considering organizations as self-regulating systems has recently attracted the attention of many scholars. The contemporary developments of the systems approach, such as the proposal on autopoietic systems (Maturana and Varela, 1972) or on complex systems (Morin, 1981), have triggered an intense debate about the possibilities of transferring these new methodological elaborations into the social sciences (Luhmann, 1991) and Organization Studies (Desmarèz, 1983; Montano, ...