Big Hat No Cattle: Using Animal Metaphors to Frame Strategic Human Resource Management

Tricia Cleland Silva

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What’s in a metaphor? This chapter explores interpretations of the metaphor ‘big hat, no cattle’ and what potential implications these interpretations have on practices within a scientific field of study. In this case, Strategic HRM.  The chapter opens a discussion to the limitation of research within human management fields and calls for the vital importance of more open-minded, inductive, and inclusive approaches to research that involves or at least acknowledges all the species within the context of study. This requires researchers to be held accountable for the stories they tell and being critical of the limitations to human-centric storytelling.   

Keywords: Accountability, Metaphor Conceptual Frame, Multispecies Strategic HRM, Storytelling,

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Animal Organization Studies
EditorsLinda Tallberg, Lindsay Hamilton
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9780192848185
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


  • 512 Business and Management
  • ethics
  • animals
  • CSR
  • sustainablity
  • equality
  • metaphors
  • reconciliation

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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