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Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019     Views: 357

A good way to locate case study articles is to do a keyword search in the library website

Search Tips: Organization, Metaphors, Case Studies

To find articles that talk about metaphors in organization theory, go to the library website. 

1/ Search:   "organization metaphors" in the "Everything" tab of the  Primo search box.

2/ Click search, use the menu to the left of your search results to limit to " Peer-Review Journals." This search will come up with some relevant articles.   These articles may help you narrow to a specific metaphor. 

Suggestion :  Select one of Morgan's eight metaphors  before starting your search! 

List of Morgan's 8 metaphors of organizations :  machine, organism, brain, culture, political system, psychic prison, flux and transformation, and instrument of domination)


brain metaphor:  Search:  "organizational communication" AND case study

Search :   "organization as machine" 

Search :   Metaphors AND organizations AND function* 

  •  Tip:  Once you have narrowed your topic to a specific metaphor, try these search options:

          Search:  "psychic prison" business "case study" Morgan

          Search:  "Organization as Machine" case study

          Search:  "Organization as Instrument of Domination" case study


Suggestion:  Try doing a Google Scholar search

TIP:  Make sure you link the Google Scholar results to APUS Library, follow this link to learn how!)

  • "case studies" AND metaphors AND "organizational functionality"
  • "organizational metaphors" AND "case studies"
  • "organizational leadership and culture"
Search for Resources on Gareth Morgan: 

    To  locate resources on Morgan and Metaphors, try this search in the library website:

             "Gareth Morgan"  AND metaphor*

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