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

Tricia Cleland Silva

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What is 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 human resource management (SHRM). 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 to be critical of the limitations to human-centric storytelling.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Animal Organization Studies
EditorsLinda Tallberg, Lindsay Hamilton
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-0-19-284818-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-19-194348-5
Publication statusPublished - 2023
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter


  • 512 Business and Management
  • accountability
  • critical HRM
  • metaphor conceptual frame
  • multispecies
  • strategic HRM
  • storytelling

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

  • AoS: Responsible organising


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