Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 27, 2003 - Business & Economics - 483 pages
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Become a More Versatile Manager and a More Artistic Leader

In this third edition of their best-selling classic, authors Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal explain the powerful tool of "reframing." The authors have distilled the organizational literature into a comprehensive approach for looking at situations from more than one angle. Their four frames view 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, and deal 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

The core of the book is reframing, a tool for finding new opportunities and options in confusing and troubling organizational situations. The authors show how multiple frames give leaders an edge in decoding organizational complexity. The new edition highlights current developments in organizational and leadership research. It presents new case examples from organizations such as eBay, Enron, Harley-Davidson, the New York City Fire Department, and the U.S. Marine Corps. The book also introduces "Organizational Theory’s Greatest Hits," text boxes that ground the book in the most influential scholarly work. The new edition also offers a rich mix of geographic, cultural, and gender diversity throughout.

Includes on-line instructor’s guide available at www.wiley.com/college/bolman

  

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Review: Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

User Review  - Vmay - Goodreads

This text gives insights into the four frames of leadership and gives in depth explanations about theories of leadership styles. It was helpful in explaining how different organizations work and how leaders in organizations lead. Read full review

Review: Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

User Review  - Quyen Wickham - Goodreads

A good integration of theory in organizations but the book could have easily been half the volume. Perhaps it was the long samples, but I got it without the long explanations. But then, perhaps I would have received it better had I been a business executive rather than an academic. Read full review

Contents

THE POWER OF REFRAMING
3
Conclusion
18
Common Fallacies in Organizational Diagnosis
35
Structural Forms and Functions
46
Conclusion
66
Generic Issues in Restructuring
82
Tasks and Linkages in Small Groups
95
Conclusion
108
ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE AND SYMBOLS
241
Conclusion
269
Conclusion
285
Conclusion
298
Effective Managers and Organizations
313
Human Resource Frame
324
The Context of Leadership
338
Conclusion
365

Human Capacity and the New Employment Contract
124
IMPROVING HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
133
Promote Diversity
153
Management Styles
170
POWER CONFLICTAND COALITION
183
Conflict in Organizations
197
Morality and Politics
216
Organizations as Political Agents
228
Change and Loss
378
Conclusion
393
Conclusion
407
Symbolic Issues and Options
423
REFERENCES
439
NAME INDEX
459
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Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal are the best-selling authors of Leading with Soul. Bolman holds the Marion Bloch Chair in Leadership at the Bloch School of Business, University of Missouri--Kansas City. He consults worldwide to corporations, public agencies, universities, and schools. Deal is the Irving R. Melbo Professor of Education at the Rossier School, University of Southern California, and an international consultant to business, health care, military, educational, and religious organizations.

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