Use of metaphors LO5722
Mon, 19 Feb 1996 11:00:18 -0500

Replying to LO5633 --

In a message dated 96-02-15 22:31:09 EST, you write:

>I am happy to pursue it using immune system and other body
>relationships. The immune system appears to me to operate by
>recognising "me and not-me" and attacking the "not-me". What is the
>proposed relationship of this to trust?


I would propose that trust has to do with recognizing someone as "one of
us" versus those who are "not us". Unfortunately I don't understand the
immune system any better than I understand trust so I can't take the
mapping process much further, but it has potential. For a good description
of how metaphors can be used and become models see an article by Tsoukas
in Academy of Management Review 1991 16(3), pp. 566-585.

Best wishes,
David Hurst
Speaker, Consultant and Wroter on Management


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