Module 1 – SLP
SENSEMAKING AND THE STRUCTURAL FRAME
In the Module 1 SLP, you will write a 3- to 4-page paper in which you will apply the
Structural Frame to the organization in which you are currently employed (or in
which you have worked previously).
Overview of the LED599 SLP Sequence
Before we begin the Module 1 SLP, two very important and related points should be
emphasized, as they are fundamental to an understanding of the Module 1 SLP:
- All four frames can be used to assess any given organization, because all
organizations have structural, human resources, political, and symbolic
- Different leaders use lenses – or frames – through which they view their
organizations. Certain leaders will tend to use one frame predominantly, while
others tend to be more balanced, choosing one of the frames depending on the
circumstances. The important point here is that there is no “right” frame through
which a leader should or must view any given organization or any particular set of
organizational circumstances. At the same time, it is helpful for a leader to
understand which frame (or frames) he/she is actively using. It is also critical that
leaders be aware that there are four frames – not one – and that the use of others
may be beneficial to effective sensemaking as well (importantly, this helps leaders
to better avoid organizational “blind spots”).
The Module 1 SLP requires that you write a 3- to 4-page paper, in which you
address the following:
After you briefly describe the organization in which you presently work – or in which
you have previously worked – apply the Structural Frame to the organization,
analyzing the effectiveness of two or three structural characteristics you have
Keys to the Assignment
The key aspects of this assignment that should be covered in your paper include the
following (note there are two parts to this SLP):
In a minimum of two pages:
Briefly describe your organization – name, what it does, size (number of
employees, annual revenue, relative market share, etc.);
Describe the organizational design of your chosen organization. Is it effective?
Why or why not?
Choose 2 or 3 structural characteristics of your organization (e.g., strategic
planning process, goals, objectives, policies, procedures, rules, budgets and
other allocation of resources, etc.); and
Discuss the relative effectiveness of the structural characteristics you have
identified. If you were CEO of your company, what (if anything) might you do
differently? Why would you make any changes you suggest?
Complete the Leadership Orientations Questionnaire, and score your results.
In a minimum of two pages:
Report your scores for each of the Four Frames.
After you have completed an in-depth self-assessment of
your scores, discuss how your scores inform your personal
leadership style. For instance, what do your scores (high
and low) collectively suggest about your leadership
tendencies and about the ways in which you personally
make sense of organizational events?Might your low
scores indicate areas in which you may have leadership
SLP Assignment Expectations
Your paper will be evaluated using the following five (5) criteria:
Assignment-Driven Criteria: Does the paper fully address all Keys to the
Assignment? Are the concepts behind the Keys to the Assignment addressed
accurately and precisely using sound logic? Does the paper meet minimum length
Critical thinking: Does the paper demonstrate graduate-level analysis, in which
information derived from multiple sources, expert opinions, and assumptions has
been critically evaluated and synthesized in the formulation of a logical set of
conclusions? Does the paper address the topic with sufficient depth of discussion
Business Writing: Is the paper well-written (clear, developed logically, and wellorganized)? Are the grammar, spelling, and vocabulary appropriate for graduatelevel work? Are section headings included in all papers? Are paraphrasing and
synthesis of concepts the primary means of responding to the Keys to the
Assignment, or is justification/support instead conveyed through excessive use of
Effective Use of Information (Information Literacy): Does the paper
demonstrate effective research, as evidenced by student’s use of relevant and
quality sources? Do additional sources used in paper provide strong support for
conclusions drawn, and do they help in shaping the overall paper?
Citing Sources: Does the student demonstrate understanding of APA Style of
referencing, by inclusion of proper end references and in-text citations (for
paraphrased text and direct quotations) as appropriate? Have all sources (e.g.,
references used from the Background page, the assignment readings, and
outside research) been included, and are these properly cited? Have all end
references been included within the body of the paper as in-text citations?