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Organizational Metaphors

Faith as Key to Functional Organizations

  • Robert B. Huizinga
  • Debra J. Dean
  • Presents spiritual leadership as a cure to dysfunctional organizations

  • Addresses ethical behavior and crisis management

  • Contributes to research in employee well-being by demonstrating that healthy organizations produce healthy employees


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

About the editors

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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Organizational Metaphors
  • Book Subtitle Faith as Key to Functional Organizations
  • Editors Robert B. Huizinga
    Debra J. Dean
  • Series Title Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business
  • Series Abbreviated Title Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business
  • DOI
  • 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 Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-41711-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-41714-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-41712-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 185
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Human Resource Management
    Business Ethics
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“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)