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Rogerson, A. M. (2011). Rivers and puddles: metaphors for explaining the need for continuous change and development in modern organisations. 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2011) (pp. 1-1). New Zealand: ANZAM.


Metaphors are popular with academics and researchers to explain organisational phenomena including change, but these metaphors may not be as useful when explaining the need for continuous change to employees. This paper proposes the use of rivers and puddles as metaphors for leaders, managers and organisations to use to explain the shift required in accepting day to day change as the norm rather than a process. These relatable metaphors provide an approach to differentiating between process and adaptive change and how to explain this in terms that having meaning to individual employees and organisations.

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