International Journal of

Business & Management Studies

ISSN 2694-1430 (Print), ISSN 2694-1449 (Online)
DOI: 10.56734/ijbms
Organization of the Living Dead: The Zombie Enterprise



The concept of the zombie enterprise could be a metaphor to explain a toxic organizational environment. While zombies are typically portrayed as grossly disfigured, half-dead humans who prey on their victims in an attempt to eat, infect, or kill them; in the zombie enterprise these individuals use the characteristics of self-centeredness and power to infect and subvert an organization. This metaphor offers a way of illustrating the causes and effects of organizations that decline into unethical, immoral, and even illegal activities for personal or institutional control. The zombie enterprise comes to life through an examination of the organizational design, environment, boundaries, and culture.