Higher Education

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 283–307

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

  • Hasan Simsek

DOI: 10.1023/A:1002969512291

Cite this article as:
Simsek, H. Higher Education (1997) 33: 283. doi:10.1023/A:1002969512291


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.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hasan Simsek
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Education, Department of Educational SciencesMiddle East Technical UniversityAnkaraTurkey