Learning Inquiry

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 13–27 | Cite as

Learning and organizations: towards cross-metaphor conversations



Discussions on learning in organizations are characterized by the diversity of perspectives involved and the variety of their disciplinary roots. This is an effort to identify the roots of some metaphors employed in this literature. It is argued that cross-metaphor conversations can contribute to the richness of discussions in the field. Some specific instances where more than one metaphor is employed are identified. The promises of certain “disruptive devices” to facilitate such desirable cross-metaphor interactions are briefly explored.


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  1. 1.Xavier Institute of ManagementBhubaneswarIndia

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