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Conceptual Metaphors: a review with implications for human understandings and systems practice

McClintock, D. and Ison, R. (2004). Conceptual Metaphors: a review with implications for human understandings and systems practice. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 11(1) pp. 25–47.

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We provide an overview of metaphor theory and explore implications for systems practice by building on claims that metaphors are central to our ways of understanding. As stakeholders will have different understandings, each metaphor will reveal and conceal different aspects of their understandings. These differences need to be accommodated within systems practice. Our contribution in this paper is to show how metaphors can explain, appreciate and create different understandings. Further, new understandings can emerge from considering different metaphors.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0907-0877
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Item ID: 2836
Depositing User: Pat Shah
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 03:06
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