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Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business

Organizational Metaphors

Faith as Key to Functional Organizations

Editors: Huizinga, Robert B., Dean, Debra (Eds.)

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  • Presents spiritual leadership as a cure to dysfunctional organizations
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This edited volume expands on Morgan's organizational metaphors through the lens of faith to illuminate organizational function. Part I uses metaphor to illustrate dysfunctional organizations, including the impact of dysfunction upon organizational trust, performance, and longevity. Part II examines the progression from a dysfunctional organization to one that exhibits functionality. Finally, the last section discusses healthy organizations. Metaphors used in this book include Pygmalion organizations, organizational zombies, and organizations as vineyards. This book offers new metaphors that can be applied in organizational theory.

About the authors

Robert B. Huizinga ​is Adjunct Professor at The King’s University, Canada, and earned his doctorate from Regent University. He specializes in leadership development.

Debra J. Dean is Adjunct Professor at Regent University, USA, where she earned her doctorate. Her research focuses on workplace spirituality.

Reviews

“Metaphors are not new, but using them to effectively evaluate your organization—brilliant! This book is a great way to develop both your organization and your personal leadership.” (Rob McCleland, Past President, The John Maxwell Leadership Foundation)

“The authors show the power of metaphor in business in a striking way. From spirituality to mixed martial arts, the metaphor can be used in practical ways to deepen one's understanding of corporate life to reach goals across varying levels of any organization.” (David Anderson, Founder, Bridgeway Community Church)

“This leadership guide offers a fresh and original perspective on organizational transformation. These metaphors are thoughtful and well done!” (James D. White, Former Chairman, Jamba Juice)

“Within my teachings, I often refer to the practicality of communicating complex ideas into easy to understand concepts. This book has captured the essence for explaining the use and showing practical examples that allows the learner to move fluidly from concept to metaphor and back again. Certainly a key Biblical metaphor is that of the shepherd. Although I have never owned nor worked on a sheep farm, I can easily visualize the role of the shepherd as an ideal metaphor to connect me to understanding the role of the greatest keeper of love, hope and vision for all mankind.” (Troy Hall, Chief Strategy Officer, South Carolina Federal Credit Union)

“An iceberg exists mostly just below the surface. This book takes the reader below the surface, down to the core of what undergirds the best organizations. Crisp, direct, spirit-guided and inspirational, this title stands out, and will influence how we think about organizations.” (Casey Reason, Founder, Casey Reason Companies)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Organizational Metaphors
Book Subtitle
Faith as Key to Functional Organizations
Editors
  • Robert B. Huizinga
  • Debra Dean
Series Title
Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41712-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41712-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-41711-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 185
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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