Organizational Metaphors

Faith as Key to Functional Organizations

  • Robert B. Huizinga
  • Debra J. Dean

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Robert B. Huizinga, Lawrence Jones II
    Pages 1-9
  3. Organizational Dysfunction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Robert B. Huizinga
      Pages 13-16
    3. Steven W. Renz, Lisa M. Renz
      Pages 31-49
    4. Lawrence Jones II
      Pages 51-60
  4. Moving from Organizational Dysfunction to Organizational Convergence

  5. Organizational Convergence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Chad Newton
      Pages 139-150
    3. Debra J. Dean, Robert B. Huizinga
      Pages 177-182
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-185

About this book


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.


organizational culture business transformation dysfunctional organizations functional organizations spirituality in leadership workplace spirituality organizational health organizational performance

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert B. Huizinga
    • 1
  • Debra J. Dean
    • 2
  1. 1.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA
  2. 2.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-41711-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-41712-3
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