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Publisher's Summary

Set aside trends to focus on the fundamentals of great leadership

Reframing Organizations provides time-tested guidance for more effective organizational leadership. Rooted in decades of social science research across multiple disciplines, Bolman and Deal's four-frame model has continued to evolve since its conception over 25 years ago; this new sixth edition has been updated to include coverage of cross-sector collaboration, generational differences, virtual environments, globalization, sustainability, and communication across cultures. The instructor's guide has been expanded to provide additional tools for the classroom, including chapter summary tip sheets, mini-assessments, Bolman & Deal podcasts, and more. These recent revisions reflect the intersection of reader recommendations and the current leadership environment, resulting in a renewed practicality and even greater alignment with everyday application.

Combining the latest research from organizational theory, organizational behavior, psychology, sociology, political science, and more, the model detailed here provides real guidance for real leaders. Guide, motivate, and inspire your team's best performance as you learn to:

  • Optimize group, team, and organizational structure
  • Build a positive, collaborative dynamic across generations, teams, and sectors
  • Understand power and conflict amid the internal and external political landscape
  • Shape your organization's culture and build a cohesive sense of spirit

Bolman and Deal's four-frame model has withstood the test of time because it offers an accessible, compact, and powerful set of ideas for navigating complexity and turbulence. In today's business climate, leadership trends come and go; today's flash in the pan is tomorrow's obsolete strategy, but a leadership framework built on a solid foundation will serve your organization well no matter what the future holds. Reframing Organizations provides clear guidance and up-to-date insight for anyone facing the challenges of contemporary leadership.

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Ruined by actor reading the in-text citations

This is an excellent book that has been updated and is clear and interesting. It is however almost unlistenable as an audiobook because the narrator reads aloud the in-text citations. I know it is hard to believe but the reader actually reads aloud the page number for every citation and the year of every citation and sometimes the publisher. Either an audio editor needs to delete all of those or the narrator needs to rerecord this book. It is a real shame because this is an excellent book and really does work as an audiobook. It is interesting and well written. I tried to think of the reasons why they might do this. For the blind? So the listener knows how much research went into this? For proper citation and concerns about plagiarism? I have never ever heard an audiobook do this sort of reading of citations and don't think there's a valid reason for it. I was constantly thinking while listening to this book how using the four frames (the content of this book) would have help to avoid this problem with the audiobook! I should also clarify that the reader / actor does a great job. It is the producer's or director's fault for making this choice.
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I see there is a new 7th edition audiobook of this book released October 2021. Great!

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Disappointing conversion

Because the audible version’s chapters don’t line up to the book it’s confusing. Reader performance is fine.

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Waste of time

My review is based on less than half of the book. I struggled finishing it. The ideas are common knowledge/sense, the book does not offer practical ideas for addressing wotkplace problems, but just goes on and on about how important it is to address them. The content might be good for students though as an intro to understanding organizations.

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great book that every manager needs to read

the book is packed with cases and studies of corporations. It provides readers with the theory and knowledge needed to understand and use the four different frames of management in practice.

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Awesome and new perspective on leadership!

Awesome and refreshingly new perspective on leadership! The best in the subject ive listened to yet

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Major insight and perspective.

Lots of valuable input in this book. Narration would have been perfect minus all the dang referencing (Williams, 2018) being read along. Proper citation interrupted and cluttered an otherwise brilliant listening experience.

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In-text citation make this unbearable.

Whoever was responsible for including in-text citations in the performance needs to be fired. The source material isa textbook so those citations are important. However this is NOT a text book. This is an audiobook. Just as novels need to be put through an adaptation process to transform it into a movie script, so to does a textbook need to be adapted for the audio format.

Take the citation out and give us those references in a PDF.

This title deserves to be redone. The material is too important to be ruined by spoken citations.

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Great book, assigned reading

Contrary to others reviews I liked when the reader read the citations after direct quotes. I'm a college student and I use audible as part of an accommodation for a disability. The citations being read aloud help me know what is not the authors original content rather than borrowed thoughts from others. Very helpful for me personally since this was assigned reading. This is one of those books I'll be keeping on hand for quick reference. I like the ideas in the the HR frame. I'm all about building a cohesive team.

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Required reading for class, but excellent read for those who want to learn different frames to view organizations.

As an instructional designer, this is an excellent read for learning to view organizations through different frames. The authors wrote the chapters with the relevant examples and used easy-to-follow language. I will keep this book as a reference when assessing organizations and designing instructional and non-instructional interventions!

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Fantastic!

This may be one of the most insightful and useful textbook I have read (or listened to)! The frames are easy to understand and yet are so complex. It provides various viewpoints on how to approach any fork in the road you might encounter as a leader in your professional and personal life. It is worth the whole listen.

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Chapters Don’t Align

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Provided a great base to understand organisations

this book has a recently released version which I purchased to keep a current with organisational change. It can get a bit bogged down at points due to its educational purpose

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  • 07-27-18

Top notch management thinking here.

Practice and science blend very well in this work. Especially useful are the many case studies that support the points made.