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Photocopiable © Oxford University Press (i) Gods of management. In one extended metaphor he uses in Gods of Management, The Changing Work of Organizations , organization types are matched to different classical gods. Zeus is the strong leader, representing the club culture. In this system, everything depends on the strength of the all powerful leader and the personal relationships he creates. It is paternalistic. Apollo represents rules and order, representing the role culture. In this system, there are clearly defined roles and procedures based on a well-oiled machine. It is bureaucratic. Athena, goddess of wisdom, is used for a matrix organization, representing the task culture. In this system, management is centred on problem-solving and moving between tasks and projects. Dionysius represents the existential culture. In this system, management serves individuals within the culture. e.g. partnerships of doctors or lawyers.
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