Metaphorical images of an organization: The power of symbolic constructs in reading change in higher education organizations

Simsek H.

HIGHER EDUCATION, vol.33, no.3, pp.283-307, 1997 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 33 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1023/a:1002969512291
  • Title of Journal : HIGHER EDUCATION
  • Page Numbers: pp.283-307


Based on interviews with 24 faculty members at a large, public university, this article reports the use of metaphors as a new conceptual strategy to analyze change in higher education organizations. Results of the study indicate that strategic choices guiding the behavior of the organization under study and the metaphorical images held by the faculty members about their organization show a high degree of congruence. Implications for change and maintenance of enacted realities in higher education organizations are discussed.