Higher Education

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 283-307

First online:

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

  • Hasan SimsekAffiliated withFaculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Middle East Technical University

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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.