Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership / Edition 4

Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership / Edition 4

by Lee G. Bolman, Terrence E. Deal
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Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership / Edition 4

The Classic Leadership Resource Now In Its 4th Edition!

First published in 1984, Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal's best-selling book has become a classic in the field. Its four-frame model examines organizations as factories, families, jungles, and theaters or temples:

  • The Structural Frame: how to organize and structure groups and teams to get results
  • The Human Resource Frame: how to tailor organizations to satisfy human needs, improve human resource management, and build positive interpersonal and group dynamics
  • The Political Frame: how to cope with power and conflict, build coalitions, hone political skills, anddeal with internal and external politics
  • The Symbolic Frame: how to shape a culture that gives purpose and meaning to work, stage organizational drama for internal and external audiences, and build team spirit through ritual,ceremony, and story

This new edition contains a wealth of new examples from both the private and the nonprofit sectors. In addition, the book offers updated content and expanded discussions of self-managing teams, dramaturgical and institutional theory, change theory, the "blink" process, "black swans," and gay rights. There is an Instructor's Guide available online.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787987985
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/15/2008
Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 7.18(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.65(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Making Sense of Organizations
Introduction: The Power of Reframing     3
Simple Ideas, Complex Organizations     23
The Structural Frame
Getting Organized     45
Structure and Restructuring     71
Organizing Groups and Teams     99
The Human Resource Frame
People and Organizations     119
Improving Human Resource Management     139
Interpersonal and Group Dynamics     165
The Political Frame
Power, Conflict, and Coalition     191
The Manager as Politician     211
Organizations as Political Arenas and Political Agents     229
The Symbolic Frame
Organizational Symbols and Culture     251
Culture in Action     279
Organization as Theater     293
Improving Leadership Practice
Integrating Frames for Effective Practice     311
Reframing in Action: Opportunities and Perils     327
Reframing Leadership     341
Reframing Change in Organizations: Training, Realigning, Negotiating, and Grieving     373
Reframing Ethics and Spirit     397
Bringing It All Together: Change and Leadership in Action     411
Epilogue: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership     435
The Best of Organizational Studies: Scholars' Hits and Popular Best-Sellers     439
References     445
The Authors     481
Name Index     483
Subject Index     494

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Reframing Organizations 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For every book that promises a fix to business' organizational problems by oversimplyfying and 'Dr. Philling' their are real books on modern business problems that take a look from the perspective of business as seen through the eyes of someone with true business accumen. This book breaks the problems of business into 4 areas The Structural Frame The Human Resource Frame The Political Frame The Symbolic Frame. Regardless of what hat you wear all of these should be of importance to the serious business student. Too many bight, astute business people can't see past their MBA's. Reading this book can help open the eyes of those who need to lead modern organizations into the new century's world of instant and ubiquitous information and global marketplace.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Good to get things moving The 4-frames of business are so phenomenally clear in this book. It has been fine-tuned over the last 30-years with relevant stories of success and failure to help the reader look at an organization from different angles to find the most effective strategy for solving a problem or advancing. If you are looking to move beyond the status-quot, this is not a silly book of quick-fixes but a quality textbook for students and practitioners alike. My professor recommended this reading along with Complex Organizations: A Critical Essay .
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