- Series: Jossey Bass Business & Management Series
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 3 edition (August 27, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787964271
- ISBN-13: 978-0787964276
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 177 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership (Jossey Bass Business & Management Series) 3rd Edition
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From the Back Cover
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 Theorys 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 instructors guide available at www.wiley.com/college/bolman
About the Author
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 MissouriKansas 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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The first couple of chapters are a bit of a bore - I felt like in chapters 1 and 2, they were still trying to sell me the book. Once you get past that, it really is a joy.
I am not quite sure why people are giving this one and two stars, unless it was a class they just did not enjoy and are going to tear up everything, including the text book. For the rest of us, this is quite a pleasant read - not something I would read for fun, but at least its interesting
The book itself is focused primarily on how to look at leadership through different lenses, or as they refer to them frames. It gives MANY real world examples and could apply to nearly any area of leadership, business, education, or otherwise. Like I said, very easy to read and not at all textbook-y. If you have to purchase this for a course I think you will be pleasantly surprise by the content and structure of the book!
I took an online course and having an electronic version of the text was a big bonus and only makes sense because I could access it and complete my readings from anywhere, including my iPhone.
Unlike most business texts, the narrative writing style, almost casual, gave the concepts context and drove them home. For example, take the introduction to chapter one, “Steve Jobs had to fail before he could succeed. Fail he did. He was fired from Apple Computer, the company he founded, and spent eleven years “in the wilderness” (Schlender, 2004).” (Kindle version location 77 of 2328). This reads like a suspense novel and just sucks you in.
The authors pulled information from a great variety of interesting real life sources, and if the like watching current events then this book is perfect. And if you like the subject matter, Organizational development, then this is even better.
The other thing I liked about this book is the APA citation style. For me, this whole thing about properly citing sources is new and while reading other texts, learning what is wrong and right can be overwhelming at times. I am still struggling to understand the whole thing.
The book itself is a great introduction into the complex subject matter of organizational framing. From my readings, I understand this can become quickly involved and confusing with managerial lingo, statistics and all levels of psychology. So this book does break it down and after reading it I can now tackle the more in-depth books and know my way around or at least know exactly what they are referring to, and pull examples out of my mind to better understand the concepts. So I would definitely recommend this book to someone who has no clue what the subject matter of Organizational Behavior is all about.
As an aspiring leader, a manager and an aspiring business owner, I will keep this coming back to this book for a little longer after this class.
I strongly recommend it
On the other hand, the book provides insightful ideas on how to go about managing organisations by developing leadership skills such as knowing what is going on, how to balance power and deal with politics issues... I strongly recommend this book for managers and leaders!!!