Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership

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At a time when managers everywhere are seeking strong but sensible ways to reorient their companies for the coming millennium, a new edition of Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, by Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal, reintroduces the bestselling authors' clear and insightful approach to "big picture" management. Updated examples add to those previously drawn from business, education, health care, and the public sector to help today's leaders prepare more creatively for tomorrow's needs.

In this updated version of their best-selling classic, the authors explain how the powerful tool of reframing --appraising situations from diverse perspectives--can be used to build high-performing, responsive organizations.

Customer Reviews:

  • THE reference on organizational theory
    The fact that Reframing Organizations is often used as a university textbook should be a subtle warning that this is not a quick-read or how-to book. However, it is THE overview of the broad practice of organizational theory. Bolman and Deal utilize models based on four different views of the organization to show how to analyse and comprehend the dynamics of organizational structure and function. As a software engineer I found this "multi-model view to understanding" similar to how we model software systems from a variety of perspectives.

    While comprehensive, the book is yet readable and accessible to the layperson, and quickly gives the reader a broad understanding of organizational dynamics and structures viewed through the lenses of the four "frames." This book won't give you quick practical fixes for your organizational problems - but it will give you a broad base of understanding for thinking about the problems you face in organizational life and understanding why your organization functions (or dysfunctions!) the way it does....more info
  • Good reframing
    This book is still very timely, but I also highly recommend "Growing Great Employees" by Erika Andersen as an addition to this book. Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers...more info
  • Good book
    I got this it was brand new. Now I am using it for my classes....more info
  • Book
    The book came in mint condition and at the specified time. Thank you for your product!...more info
  • My favorite book on organizations of all kinds
    I bought this book for a masters course in 1996. In ten years, this is the book I return to more than any other. Indeed, it is perhaps the only book out of all the books in the management coursework I return to again and again. I have bought it for friends going into their first jobs where they have to think about leadership and team-building, power and the drama of the workplace. It has value for me in that it goes beyond the content per se and invites and entrains my mind to stay flexible, because it asks the reader to see "reality" through multiple perspectives which are well-researched, critiqued and articulated in this book. Congratulations and thank you to the authors....more info
  • Covers All Bases
    Often when a book focuses on two distinct audiences (in this case, managers and students - future leaders as the authors say) it fails to satisfy either. Not the case with this classic, as it does a good job of providing a large body of theory and it makes the reading interesting and useful for a practitioner. The four organizational viewing frames - Structural, Human Resources, Political, & Symbolic - help the process of making a textbook readable, but the straightforward writing style, story examples, and real-life illustrations keep it alive, and maybe even keep the student reader awake.

    Constantly reminding the reader of the need to `reframe' - look at the situation from a different window frame or pane - may be a useful way to understand a particular problem, but (and there is one but, besides the +430 pages of reading) because the book covers everything from structure to ethics you may not find it as useful to solve the particular problem you identify. The book is recommended for anyone interested in learning about organizations and how and why they function or dysfunction, as the case may be. Dennis DeWilde, author of The Performance Connection
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  • As expected.
    Was pleased to find the product arrived exactly how it was described and in a very timely manner. ...more info
  • MBA 101 Under One Cover
    The book looks at organizations and organizational performance/effectiveness using four frames (essentially tinted looking glasses)- structural, human resources, political and symbolic. We used the book in our first MBA course, with a primary focus on high performance teams.

    The book provides a good cognitive idea base to observe and analyze any organization- your church, your family, your corporation or your favorite bar....more info

  • Valuable book, also for social sector administrators
    My prof used it as a required text in the course I took. It's great! Through this book I can understand why things didn't work at my previous work experience at a higher ed. institution. I definitely recommend the book to everyone, including those who work at the social sectors as you'll understand why you need to use politics, pay attention to human resource and organization structure!...more info
  • required reading
    If your new to an organization or just new to the top position, this is a must read. It's straight to the point and very informative....more info
  • Fast shipping, great condition, thank you!!!
    This item was sent as described in a timely manner. Thank you to the seller!...more info
  • Excellent read
    This is a required text for a class I'm taking. So I was pleasantly surprised that it reads like a business book. It provides great examples of concepts and real-world case studies. I'm really enjoying it....more info
  • This book was enlighting!
    I just started management school and this is the first book I had to read. I must say that if nothing else, this book was enlightening! I really liked the way the author broke down any given corporate scenario in 4 different viewpoints.

    Personally, I really liked the HR Frame, followed by Political Frame. Those two were the ones I really thought helped me at my work place. The Structural frame, I thought was kind of boring.....nothing to really look forward to. The Symbolic frame really talks about corporate culture; something half the corporate world never thinks about any more!

    Wont be bad if you have to read it for your MBA!

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  • Reframing Organizations is very good!
    Though I had to purchase this book for a leadership class, after reading it, I thought it was very good with lots of useful information. ...more info
  • Fabulous book
    This book provides a comprehensive concept for systemic analysis of comprehensive problems. I find it to be particularly valuable in looking at issues in the area of Public Administration. The examples are current and quite interesting. The material is interesting and captivating. It is an excellent stimulus for new thinking....more info


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