Bolman & Deal

Bolman & Deal

  • Submitted By: deoc
  • Date Submitted: 05/02/2010 11:56 PM
  • Category: Business
  • Words: 3719
  • Page: 15
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Table of Contents

Executive Summary 2
Introduction 3
Bolman and Deal’s Four Frame Theory 4
Review of Literature 5
Structural Frame 5
Multiple frame theories: Human Resources Frame 7
Political Frame 8
Symbolic Frame 10
7-S Framework 12
Quinn’s Competing Values Framework 12
Conclusion 14
References 15

Executive Summary

Considering the increasing complexity within today’s organizations, it is essential for management to use more sophisticated thinking to help make sense of the chaos that ultimately solve problems in a creative fashion.
This essay examined the literature, research and expert opinion forming the study of multi-frame on organization’s effectiveness. They suggest that a reliance on structural frame alone with lesser and uneven utilization of human resources, political and symbolic frame provides leaders with only a specific and limited perspective.


In today’s organization, leaders, CEOs and senior management are put under enormous pressure to perform and add value to stakeholders - successes and failures of an organization lies in the control for which they have responsibility. So why do other accomplish with distinction while others fall into demise? Is there a special style, characteristics or traits an effective leader must posses to deliver? And more importantly are leaders with multiple frames more effective than those with a singular focus? And finally will an organization that is governed purely by structural approach alone be adequate to meet the needs of organization today?

In order to answer and draw conclusion to this subject, we will focus an emphasis on Bolman and Deal’s organizational theory literature and their concept of four organizational frames. According to Bolman and Deal (2008), four distinct organizational perspectives that leaders may adopt to understand organizational life includes structural, human resource, political and symbolic....

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