Module Two: Structural Frame Analysis
The structure of an organization is the foundation. Everything revolves around the structure. Consider how each department interacts (or does not), how roles are defined (or not), how the institution evolves (or does not). Bollman and Deal (2017) emphasize the importance of structural forms and functions stating, “Structure provides the architecture for pursuing an organization’s strategic goals” (p. 51). Bollman and Gallos (2011) reinforce the importance of the structural frame explaining when the structural frame is wrong, even the best employees can find it hard to be productive.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you analyze and evaluate the structural frame. This assignment will strengthen your knowledge and skills in working with the structural elements of running an organization. Understanding the structural frame will better prepare you for a role in administration or leadership.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you practice the following skills that are essential to your success as an administrator. In this assignment, you will complete the following learning outcomes:
Complete a gap versus overlap analysis
Illustrate an organizational structure redesign
Design a team configuration
Professional Standards: Professional Standards for Educational Leaders – National Policy Board for Educational Administrations (NPBEA)
This assignment aligns with the following NPBEA professional standards:
Standard Nine Operations and Management: Effective educational leaders manage school operations and resources to promote each student’s academic success and well-being.
This assignment will also help you become familiar with the following important content knowledge in structure and organization:
Identifying the architecture needed for pursuing an organization’s strategic goals.
Assessing organizational scope.
Evaluating institutional competitive advantages.
Defending organizational structures.
To complete this assignment you should:
Create an APA formatted paper (no abstract required) addressing the three parts outlined below:
Part One: Organizational Analysis
Think about new initiatives, opportunities for improvement, ways to serve students that your current organization is missing. What is keeping your institution from adapting? Explain: identify the area(s) that you see missing in your organization and analyze why your institution has not adapted or made changes for the better.
Part Two: Restructuring
“Instead of you transforming the structure, the structure transforms you” (Bolman & Gallos, 2017, p. 84).
Analyze your current organization. Reflect on the objectives set for your institution, what has been achieved, what are the shortcomings, why? Congratulations – you have just been promoted to the administrator role of your organization (Vice President of Instruction, Vice President for Student Affairs, Principal, Director of -, Superintendent, President, etc. ). Analyze the following:
What objectives are you setting for the organization?
Outline the statement of scope.
What are your institution’s competitive advantages?
Complete a gap versus overlap analysis of your institution (page 73).
Now redesign your organization’s current structure (if you are currently not employed design an organizational structure). In order to redesign a structure you must analyze all elements above to ensure you are establishing the most effective structure for meeting your objectives. Provide a graphic to show the actual structure (you can list job titles, not names of people). Then explain how this structure will serve your objectives most effectively.
Part Three: Configuring Teams
Thinking about your initiatives outlined in previous portions of the assignment, create a team to help you achieve one of your institutional objectives. Provide a summary of what the team is tasked with, identify what positions (titles/roles) are assigned to the team, design a team structure, and explain communication protocal. Chapter Five in the Bolman and Deal text provides some fundamental team configurations, but you are not limited to these designs. Illustrate the configuration you are implementing to achieve your objective and then explain why you selected this configuration (What are the benefits? What are the challenges)
Submit your APA formatted paper (no abstract required) in Blackboard. You must utilize references throughout your paper to support your points.
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