All organizations consist of four different frames: structural, human resources, political, and symbolic. Each of these frames describes a particular way of looking at organizations and how they function. For example, it can be used to identify the project stakeholders to help meet their needs and expectations or simply can be used to decide which college to attend. In this instance I will utilize these frames to show how I made my decision to choose a college.
The “structural” manager tries to design and implement a process or structure appropriate to the problem and the circumstances. When deciding which school to attend I first focused on the structural frame work of the program. The structure of the academia really determined if they were in both my long term and short term goals. My objective is to utilize what I have learned in school, in my career. If I found the program of study to be chaotic and with no story line, it would have been a very unorganized and non-efficient waste of time.
The human resource manager views people as the heart of any organization and attempts to be responsive to needs and goals to gain commitment and loyalty. The emphasis is on support and empowerment. The HR manager listens well and communicates personal warmth and openness. This leader empowers people through participation and attempts to gain the resources people need to do a job well. HR managers confront when appropriate but try to do so in a supportive climate. I took into consideration the human resource frame work. I needed to feel the harmony in the program. The flow and energy of those around me really set the precedence for how much I gained from my studies. The instructors needed to be flamboyant, and the students needed to mature and respectful. This really sets the tone of the environment as well as gives me positive energy.
The political leader understands the political reality of organizations and can deal with it. He or she understands how important interest groups are, each with a separate agenda. This leader understands conflict and limited resources. This leader recognizes major constituencies and develops ties to their leadership. Conflict is managed as this leader builds power bases and uses power carefully. The leader creates arenas for negotiating differences and coming up with reasonable compromises. This leader also works at articulating what different groups have in common and helps to identify external “enemies” for groups to fight together. The political framework really helps with determining what kind of conflicts I would encounter in the classroom environment. If I were in a more liberal environment the tension in open discussion would drive an open minded environment to a closed one.
A symbolic leader views vision and inspiration as critical; people need something to believe in. People will give loyalty to an organization that has a unique identity and makes them feel that what they do is really important. Symbolism is important as is ceremony and ritual to communicate a sense of organizational mission. These leaders tend to be very visible and energetic and manage by walking around. Often these leaders rely heavily on organizational traditions and values as a base for building a common vision and culture that provides cohesiveness and meaning. Understanding the mission of the college I chose helped me picture the overall morals and the all-around feeling received from attending the school. Knowing that the school had good intentions and contributed back to the community made me feel as if I was a part of it contribution.