3_3_08 - Bureaucracy When are they necessary? What is the...

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Bureaucracy When are they necessary? What is the purpose of a bureaucracy? Characteristics? Tend to focus on specialization, rather than generality Each person has a specific task, which focuses on Typically a hierarchy of offices, a pyramidal system of delegating tasks You usually know where you are and information flows from the top to the bottom Thrive on formally written rules, and the longer in existence the more rule and more complex the rules become. At first there are a few informal rules, but then become formally written rules added to year after year. .. everything becomes spelled out clearly, sometimes we become consumed by the numerous rules and don’t focus on the rationality of them Rules FIRST, individuals second. .. office is has the power ie president of US Thrive on formal communication. .. every bureaucracy keeps record of written tangible artifacts of communication Are self perpetuating organizations, they have inertia Organization and size Tend to fairly large in size. .. largest in the US would be the federal government or the military Can be small business of 50 employees though
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2008 for the course SOCL 2001 taught by Professor Mecom during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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