Leadership is a popular topic that is discussed in organisations and has captivated researchers over the years. Hence, this topic has sparked my interest in exploring the theories associated with management and leadership.
The book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership (6th edition, Jossey-Bass, 2017) by Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal, focuses on the importance of management and leadership in the organisation.
This article examines the main concepts of the theories of management and leadership and how they should be applied in the organisational structure. The authors also looked at Leadership from the perspectives of other researchers and evaluated their own views on how organisations can be effective when they re-structure them.
Leadership plays a major role in the running of an organisation and it is imperative that one is knowledgeable on same. Thus, Bolman and Deal’s contribution to management theories and its understanding gives a good insight into its audience and other researchers.
They proposed five different frames which are broken down to show how various organisational structures can become effective in an organisation. These are indeed relevant as they each outlined carefully how managers can become successful. These frames are all supported by extensive and revised research, case studies and current examples such as 9/11 attacks and Iraq wars.
The authors placed emphasis on the importance and relevance of having different structures in an organisation in order to become effective. They also noted that a structure is a blueprint for desired results and it provides the basic framework for which an organisation can achieve its goals among managers, employees, customers, and clients (Bolman and Deal, 2017, P.51)
”Problems arise when the structure doesn’t line up well with current circumstances or when performance sag. At that point, some form of reorganization or redesign is needed to remedy the mismatch.” (Bolman and Deal, 2017, P. 17)
However, I felt that the authors’ ideas on how an organisation should deal with their re-structuring were not helpful to managers and leaders. They argued that if performance suffers then re-structuring and problem solving should be done. (Bolman and Deal, 2017, P. 48)
Even though, they outlined the issues faced by an organisation, they failed to mention which approach should be used to solve these problems. Their ideas may be useful in the short run but it is highly unlikely to generate permanent solutions.
As technology advances, which changes the organisational structure, the perceptions of management and leadership will also change making this study outdated and inefficient. Furthermore, their findings are only centred around re-framing organisations and much of this research is filled with inconsistencies and not applicable to many organisations.