Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership, 7th Edition

  • 11h 20m
  • Lee G. Bolman, Terrence E. Deal
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2021


Bolman and Deal’s four-frame model has been transforming business leadership for over 40 years. Using a multidisciplinary approach to management, this deceptively simple model offers a powerful set of tools for navigating complexity and turbulence; as the political and economic climate continues to evolve, this model has never been more relevant than today.

The Structural Frame explores the convergence of organizational structure and function, and shows why social architecture must take environment into account. Case studies illustrate successful alignment in diverse organizations, and guidelines provide strategic insight for avoiding common pathologies and achieving the right fit.

The Human Resource Frame dissects the complex dynamics at the intersection of people and organizations and charts the leadership and human resource practices that build motivation and high performance.

The Political Frame shows how competition, conflict, and the struggle for power and resources can be either a tool for growth or a toxic landmine for an individual or organization. Case studies show how both constructive and destructive practices influence social, political, and economic trends both within and beyond organizational boundaries.

The Symbolic Frame defines organizational culture, and delves into the emotional and existential underbelly of social life. It underscores the power of symbolic forms such as heroes, myths, and rituals in providing the glue that bonds social collectives together.

In this Book

  • Introduction—The Power of Reframing
  • Simple Ideas, Complex Organizations
  • Getting Organized
  • Structure and Restructuring
  • Organizing Groups and Teams
  • People and Organizations
  • Improving Human Resource Management
  • Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
  • Power, Conflict, and Coalition
  • The Manager as Politician
  • Organizations as Political Arenas and Political Agents
  • Organizational Symbols and Culture
  • Culture in Action
  • Organization as Theater
  • Integrating Frames for Effective Practice
  • Reframing in Action—Opportunities and Perils
  • Leadership in Theory and Practice
  • Reframing Leadership
  • Reframing Change in Organizations
  • Reframing Ethics and Spirit
  • Bringing it All Together—Change and Leadership in Action
  • Epilogue—Artistry, Choice, and Leadership
  • Bibliography