Music as an Organizational Metaphor: Deadpan and Expressive Organizations

  • Crissy OrtizEmail author
Part of the Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business book series (CFPLB)


Music serves as a form of transformative expression that creates harmony while delivering inspiring messages. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16 King James Version). Music is drenched in symbolism that manifests through the creative expression of the composer. This work explored how music parallels the degree of interchange between organizations and complex environments. Results found music parallels the expressive organization. Firstly, music genres and organizational culture utilize symbolism in expression. Secondly, the expressive organization and music composition remain in a state of becoming. Thirdly, the millennial cohort influences organizations and evolution in the delivery of music.


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  1. 1.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

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