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©2010 Pro>Active Publications


Journal ofWomen in Educational Leadership, Vol. 8, No. I-January 2010 ISSN: 1541-6224


Bolman and Deal's 4th edition of Reframing Organizations: Artistry, Choice, and Leadership remains a classic, "must have" resource for those involved in organizational leadership. The edition supports the relevance and timeliness of the authors' insightful approach about organizations and leadership. The authors reinforce the usefulness of their four-frame model (structural, human resource, political, symbolic) for refining leadership practices. The four frames serve as a tool to analyze organizational decision-making and to reflect on the effectiveness of processes, procedures, and results. Updated research, examples, and case studies add to those previously drawn from business, education, health care, and the public sector. The information helps leaders more creatively lead complex organizations. As Bolman and Deal note, "We try not to offer solutions but rather to suggest more powerful and provocative ways of thinking about organizations' opportunities and pitfalls" (p. xii).