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What is Bureaucracy? Meaning.

Bureaucracy is a system in which people are expected to follow precisely defined rules and procedures rather than to use personal judgment. It can also be used to describe a Hierarchal Organization typified by formal processes, standardization, stringent procedures, formalized rules, division of responsibility, written communication and impersonal relationships.

In everyday language use, people often use describe it as a "disease" or even as a corporate form of "cancer". The phenomenon is indeed known to suppress initiative-taking, risk taking, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.

Bureaucracy has been increasing in the past due to increasingly complex organizations, globalization and regulatory environments.

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topic How to Eliminate Bureaucracy in Organizations?
Likened to a crippling illness, many authors argued that bureaucracy must be eliminated from organizations. For example, Gary Hamel stated that bureaucracy prevents forward thinking and innovation, su...
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🔥 How can one Deal with Bureaucracy?
If we are unable to (fully) eliminate bureaucracy you're faced with, how can one then cope with such bureaucratic environment? Any tips on surviving in a bureaucratic organization?...
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topic 3 Types of Bureaucracies according to Ward Gouldner
This article reminded me of an article about sociologist Alvin Ward Gouldner (1920-1980), who distinguished between: The Mock Bureaucracy (failure to enforce and obey rules) The Punishment-cen...
topic Corporate Culture and Bureaucracy
About the mutual complement of such two phenomena as Bureaucracy and Corporate Culture in one organization and about attributes of each of them. First let's give definitions of concepts as they wil...

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Bureaucratic Organizations versus Dynamic Organizations

Organizational Development, Organizational Agility
Nowadays, many organizations recognize the importance of being dynamic so as to quickly adapt to external changes. Howev...
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3 Key Benefits of Cross-Functional Teams for Innovation

Innovation, Team Work, Multicultural Teams, Bureaucracy, Multi-Functional Teams
In innovation you need a team of people with the right mix: the members should come from different departments like Mark...

Theory of Bureaucracy (Weber) and the 14 Principles of Management (Fayol)

Administration, Management, Early Administrative Management Theories, 5 Principles, Bureaucracy
This presentation presents the 5 Principles of Weber’s Theory of Bureaucracy and Henri Fayol's 14 Principles of Manageme...

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