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Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership [Hardcover]

Lee G. Bolman , Terrence E. Deal
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August 15, 2008 0787987980 978-0787987985 4
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, 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
This new edition is filled with new case examples such as Hurricane Katrina and profiles of great leaders such as Mother Theresa, Thomas Keller, and others. In addition, the book updates the "Organizational Theory's Greatest Hits" text boxes throughout, and increases geographic, cultural and gender diversity in examples and text. It also features an enhanced online teacher's guide with a new test bank, as well as updated PowerPoint slides, teaching ideas and experiential activities, and links to resources.


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"This new edition is filled with new case examples such as Hurricane Katrina and profiles of great leaders..." PublicNet Thursday 4 September 2008

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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

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 4 edition (August 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787987980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787987985
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition needs edits May 21, 2011
By P. Dana
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Interesting book but the kindle edition is formatted very poorly and there are strand dots between every letter. I emailed amazon only to be told that they know it's a problem but they don't know when they'll be able to fix it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The four frames are not just a gimmick June 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
At first I took the concept of frames to be just a book organization gimmick. However, after reading through the book I found the concept frames to be very useful and well thought out. I found myself looking at various events in my work environment and organizations in general in terms of frames, and more importantly making better sense of those events by a better understanding of the frames.
The leadership section towards the end is short, but quite astute. The sample case in the last chapter of the book is excellent and a great example of how to think and analyze as situation with the wider perspective provided by the frames.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reframing Organizations September 24, 2009
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This is a good, no-nonsense book about the four dimensions of organizations. Bolman and Deal present the four frames in a cohesive manner and accompany each with examples from industry and education. This is no Polly Anna text about how organizations are suppose to be. The authors give examples of organizations that succeed and fail and provide the rationale for both. The text covers social, economic and political issues that effect organizations and their leaders. Perhaps the best part of the text is the section that "trains" the reader how to use the four frames according to the readers personality and work related circumstances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leadership Guide Disguised as a Textbook February 7, 2010
By Tom K.
Format:Paperback
The authors four way framework is a significant and useful step forward from the situational leadership grid of people and task. Bolman and Deal reframe "people" as Human Resources. They expand task to become the Structural Frame. They add the Political Frame to insert power and leadership and the Symbolic Frame to add culture, anthropology, the humanities and the unconscious.

The doubling of complexity is justified by a model that moves from addressing 60% of situations to more than 90%. The examples really help the reader to deeply understand what happens and why in the real world. The examples help to remove our blindspots and to provide a simple framework that can quickly be applied. Finally, the authors expand upon the situational leadership approach to application, creating a dynamic and personal approach to application.

Leaders who enjoy thinking through situations will appreciate this book. Readers will want to speed read through familiar sections and reread the new and most insightful parts. This is a long book, but it is well organized and provides value from each 30 minutes of study.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book November 9, 2009
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Well written and fantastic information. My only negative was that this new edition did not differ from the last to warrent an new purchase. I am a follower and use the frames constantly in my leadership role.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new - good summary of leading theoris September 11, 2009
By A. Huun
Format:Paperback
This book is in my view a good compendium for introduction to organisational theories. The only new this book brings to the table is to structure the different theories into four frames: structural, HR, political and symbolic. I personally find this to be a good categorisation and I like the selection of theories (very mainstream), i.e. a good choice for use in business schools. Many of the classics are however left out.

The critique of managers' and consultants' failure to solve organisational challenges is a bit misplaced in a book which offers little practical advice on implementation, i.e. this book is for the student.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I read this text almost 20 years ago as part of my doctoral studies and revisited it this summer. Bolman and Deal still have one of the best models for understanding organizations and their updated case studies make it an easy and engaging read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review October 16, 2011
By Me
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This was a required book for my MBA class. It is very educational and the information is very useful. I find that reading it actually helps in real life situations, which is not the case with all books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Bolman provides insight into how to view and experience involvement in an organization, as well as how to change it for the better.
Published 1 month ago by Richard A. Mendelson, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing purchases
Excellent, good textbook and I would recommend it to anyone looking for information on organizational change. !Five thumbs
up! User friendly.
Published 1 month ago by PAtricia Hicks Solomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Refraiming Organizations: Artistry, Choice and Leadership.
Great book! I finally received it. I just read the first two chapters and the book looks very interesting. Thank you!
Published 4 months ago by Manuel Rodriguez
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright book.
worth a good read. Thorough evaluation of the topic and business at hand, overall great quality of review and summary.
Published 5 months ago by T. Steve Kehperle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading and Instruction
This is a well written text and relevant to today's challenges and victories in higher education. Very goal specific objectives that deliver each time. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The First Billionaire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great library reference
I have suggested or purchased this book many times over the years (through the authors' many editions) for those who want to understand the framework of their organizations. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank You
The book was in the Perfect Condition. It may be a textbook, but it is great. Thank you very much.
Published 9 months ago by Alicia Hinkley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
If you want to be a diversified manager who knows how to control your organization this is the book you need
Published 10 months ago by Andres Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This is a very good book, I am using it for class, it meet my expectations. I will recommend to everybody
Published 10 months ago by Claudia Trincado
5.0 out of 5 stars Reframing Organizations
The book, Reframing Organizations, is very easy to read and has great examples to help explain the each of the frames.
Published 10 months ago by Mary L.
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