In the Module 4 SLP, you will write a 3- to 4-page paper in which you will apply the Symbolic Frame to the organization in which you are currently employed (or in which you have worked previously)(ARMY).
Assignment The Module 4 SLP requires that you write a 3- to 4-page paper, in which you address the following:
After giving a brief description of the organization in which you presently work â€“ or in which you have previously worked â€“ apply the Symbolic Frame to the organization, analyzing the ways in which two or three symbolic characteristics you have identified provide meaning for your organizationâ€™s members.
Keys to the Assignment The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include the following:
Briefly describe your organization â€“ name, what it does, size (number of employees, annual revenue, relative market share, etc.);
Choose 2 or 3 examples of the Symbolic Frame (value, beliefs, rituals, stories, heroes, etc.), and assess how they create meaning for the organizationâ€™s members.
Which of the examples you have provided do you believe has the greatest influence on the organization-at-large? Why?
The following presentation by Westbrooks is an excellent overview of the Symbolic Frame:
Westbrooks, E. (2012). Reframing organizations: The symbolic frame. Prezi. Retrieved from https://prezi.com/qae4pi43dsor/reframing-organizations-the-symbolic-frame/
In this presentation, Dr. Jacobs provides a comprehensive overview of the Symbolic Frame:
Jacobs, R.M. (n.d.). Theories of practice: The symbolic frame. Villanova University. Retrieved on May 8, 2014 from http://www83.homepage.villanova.edu/richard.jacobs/MPA%208002/Powerpoint/8002%20MPA/symbolic.ppt
Finally, Hoganâ€™s presentation is a very good overview of culture and symbols â€“ i.e., the Symbolic Frame:
Hogan, R. L. (n.d). Chapter 12: Organizational culture and symbols. Eastern Illinois University. Retrieved from www.leebolman.com/Reframing_4th_Powerpoint/Chap%2012.ppt
Notice how this early article by Bolman and Deal points out the difference between â€œmagicâ€ and â€œmightâ€ â€“ of course, both of these concepts now underpin the Four Frames Model:
Bolman, L.G., & Deal, T.E. (1996). Might and magic. Leadership Excellence, 23(6), 15. Retrieved from ProQuest.
Wizards and Warriors in organizations? From the authors of the Four Frames Model, here is a more recent (and quite excellent) discussion of the Symbolic and Political Frames:
Bolman, L. G., & Deal, T. E. (2009). Battles and beliefs: Rethinking the roles of today’s leaders. Leadership In Action, 29(5), 14-18. Retrieved from EBSCO â€“ Business Source Complete.