Metaphor and the Gap between Theory and Practice
We review metaphors in organisations and methodologies. While this tends to focus on specific metaphors, we reflect generally on a methodology’s meaning to consider why there is a gap between theory and practice. As an outcome of this, we reformulate the gap, describing it as a special case of a more extensive metaphorical gap already admitted within practice itself. Using Soft Systems Methodology (SSM), we then suggest Schön’s (1963) schema for a displacement of concepts as a way of enriching our understanding of developments in a methodology’s theory and practice.
KeywordsConstitutive Rule Soft System Methodology Staging Debate Total System Intervention Metaphorical Thinking
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