Political Frame Analysis of an Organization's Effective Management

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In any organization, effective management is difficult to achieve and maintain. Analyzing organizations from multiple perspectives allows people to better understand the system and potential issues involved and to identify solutions. Bolman and Deal utilize a four-frame approach focusing on the structural frame, human resource frame, political frame, and symbolic frame.1 This paper will discuss the political frame. The political frame views companies as jungles and focuses on the powerful members in an organization who negotiate and influence others. The political frame also looks at the dynamics of alliances and opponents and how they interact.1 In terms of the political frame, the employer’s job is to influence and negotiate with people inside and outside of the company. If done correctly, these strategies give the employer access to key players in the industry by building strong alliances. If these strategies are used incorrectly, the employer is viewed as a con artist or thug and is distrusted by employees and outside companies who believe the employer is a fraud or is manipulating them.1 The political frame relies on the assumption that organizations are alliances of unique people and interest groups. The people are unique due to their different views of the world, their morals, faith and activities and the information they have given these characteristics. The political frame also assumes that all key decisions arise from the need to allocate scarce resources such as time, money and information. These scarce resources and differences amongst people are what make conflict the core of organizational dynamics and make power such a crucial asset. Finally, the political frame assumes that all objectives and conclusions are e... ... middle of paper ... ... getting emotional. However, he acknowledges that experience has helped him to avoid situations where he would make these mistakes and to be more cognizant of how and when these mistakes occur. Overall, Mr. Dinino and KBD Investments are excellent examples of how power, influence and negotiation can lead to success References 1. Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (2008). Reframing organizations. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons. 2. Van Schaack, A. J. (2014). Influence: The psychology of persuasion. Unpublished manuscript, Vanderbilt University. 3. Van Schaack, A. J. (2014). Political frame: Negotiations. Unpublished manuscript, Vanderbilt University. 4. Cialdini, R. B. (2001). The science of persuasion. Scientific American, 76-81. 5. McCarthy, A. (n.d.). 10 rules of negotiation. Negotiation Skills. Retrieved March 31, 2014, from http://www.negotiation-skills.org

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  • Explains how bolman and deal utilize a four-frame approach focusing on the structural, human resource, political, and symbolic frame.
  • Explains that the political frame views companies as jungles and focuses on the powerful members in an organization who negotiate and influence others.
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