Masculine organization metaphors
What is it about?
Organizations are historically dominated by males, and by masculine ways of thinking. But critiques of this situation have implicitly focused on one type of masculinity, phallic masculinity, and neglected the potential of other available metaphors to promote different outcomes and facilitate engagement with feminine modes of thought. We compare and develop a typology of phallic, testicular and seminal masculinities and their organizational manifestations.
Why is it important?
Phallic metaphors emphasise power and control, and defensive responses to change. Testicular alternatives place emphasis more on collaborative and procreative aspects.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Stephen Andrew Linstead and Dr Garance Marechal
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