RE: Metaphor and Mental Models

Con Gregg (
Thu, 22 Dec 1994 12:19:37 GMT

There has been some criticism of the war metaphor for business
in earlier posts which perhaps overstates the case against.
Perhaps I have misinterpreted, but the argument appears to be
based on the idea that cooperation is good and competition bad,
with war metaphors being related to competition.

While competition *may* not have a place within an organisation
or network of organisations, I think there is good evidence
that it has an important place in the healthy functioning of
any economy or industry.

In general, I am not a great fan of war as a competitive
metaphor myself. I find ecological metaphors prompt me to think
more holistically about competition for competitive space.


p.s. Is anyone else having problems telling whether mail has
been directed via the learning org mailing list or via the
systems dynanamics list?

Con Gregg <>


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