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Weber’s main concern is this: bureaucracies brought about “goal-displacement.” Certain rules are made and put in place as a means to an end at a particular point – when bureaucrats are trained to follow those rules, for example. People should fit into those rules and if society changes, the goal of the organization-as the first consideration-will also change. What is lost sight of is that if bureaucrats insist on following the rules, bureaucracy become frozen as tangible entities that resist change. Weber argues that following rules becomes the goal in itself. For example, in a hypothetical scenario of the doctor and the patient, the doctor may conduct a perfect surgery and complete all the technical requirements of the rules he needed to follow. He may then tell the patient’s family that it was a perfect operation. The patient’s family will be happy and ask when he will be coming out, but the doctor would then say he is dead. So, the goal displacement issue is akin to what this situation shows us. Essentially, the surgery was perfect since all the steps were followed but the actual goal, of curing the patient, was lost sight of. Weber’s concept of bureaucracy Weber’s main concern is this: bureaucracies carried to their extreme lead to what he calls goal-displacement . You make certain rules and procedures that serve a particular purpose at a particular point in time. Once rules are made and put in place, professionals and bureaucrats are trained to follow those rules. Society changes though. The rules tend to have a life of their own. People are socialized into those rules. If society changes, the goals for which an organization was put into place in the first place will also change. There are rules which people can refer to and have spent their career spouting. So, they’re resistant to change. What is lost sight of is that the rules served a goal when they were first put in place, but now the conditions have changed. If bureaucrats insist on following the rules, bureaucracies become frozen as tangible entities that resist change. Weber argues that following rules becomes the goal in itself. It is lost sight of that the rules were meant to achieve a certain goal. Over time, bureaucracies become too solidified. Following the rule very meticulously becomes the goal itself, rather than thinking about what the goal was supposed to be in the first place. Goal displacement becomes one of the key characteristics of bureaucracies. Hitler also is a tragicomic combination of charisma and bureaucracy and Hitler’s Germany demonstrates the bureaucracy even while functioning with the ruthless official- consisted of sympathizers of hitler- can produce extreme injustice and human sufferings. The Dependence of Transparency in Bureaucracy on Education and the Eradication of Taboos in Society Abstract Bureaucracy is the process itself which is encapsulated in a very dramatic way in a specific organization and it constitutes the ultimate instrumental rational organization..
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