Book News: March 1st, 2004

By Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. DealIn this third edition of their best-selling classic, the authors explain the powerful tool of ‘reframing’. They 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.

In the Structural Frame they examine how to organize and structure groups and teams to get results and in the Human Resource Frame how to tailor organizations to satisfy human needs, improve human resource management, and build positive interpersonal and group dynamics. In the Political Frame they consider how to cope with power and conflict, build coalitions, hone political skills, and deal with internal and external politics. The Symbolic Frame looks at 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.

Published by Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0-7879-6426-3. 48.00 US dollars.