Organization of the Living Dead: The Zombie Enterprise

  • Steven W. RenzEmail author
  • Lisa M. Renz
Part of the Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business book series (CFPLB)


This chapter suggests the concept of the zombie enterprise as a metaphor to explain a toxic organizational environment. While zombies are typically portrayed as grossly disfigured, half-dead humans who prey on their victims to eat, infect, or kill them; in the zombie enterprise, these individuals use the characteristics of self-centeredness and power to infect and subvert an organization. This metaphor offers a way of illustrating the causes and effects of organizations that decline into unethical, immoral, and even illegal activities for the purpose of personal or institutional control. Through an examination of the organizational design, environment, boundaries, and culture, an understanding of the zombie enterprise comes to life. Christian leaders, however, possess the antidote in the form of scripture. By following the lessons that Christ taught us in the Beatitudes, Christian leaders can not only combat these soulless creatures but build an organization that is immune to their harmful effects.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA

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