Framing Organizations Essay

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Artistry, Choice and Leadership: Reframing Organizations
Vanessa M. Araiza
March 2015
California State University, Northridge

Organization Historical Background

Goodwill originated in 1919 with Edgar J. Helms, a minister with a vision and a mission to afford individuals with disabilities and other disadvantage minorities, including veterans returning from World War I. The innovator saw the opportunity to create a service where individuals through recycling unwanted items through community donations and reselling those items to generate jobs for those who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attain a job. As with organizations, Goodwill originated with a simple two level operational
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However, explained in the first two chapters there are various influential factors and not every organization is successful in carrying out their mission or particular goal. In chapter 3, “Getting Organized” in Framing Organizations: Artistry, Choices and Leadership the authors outlines the importance of communication in an organization and the need for clear “well-understood goals, roles, and relationships and adequate coordination as being an essential part of an organization’s performance” ( Bolman and Deal, 2013, 46).

Within my previous employment in non-profit as well as the private sector, I have experienced working under management with extremely ridged management or as defined by Bolman and Deal (2013) a vertical structural frame, as well as other organizations with more lateral structural approach. My most recent experience was working for Goodwill Industries, an organization in the nonprofit sector operating under a very ridged vertical structural management. The organization started as small company and throughout time tactfully expanded worldwide.

The Organizational Structure

With time and advancements in technology Goodwill has shifted its form of operation

to a “monocratic bureaucracy.” The company seeks the most effective form to maximize production by increasing norms or rationality among employees through specialization among employees. It has led the organization to divide the

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