Running head: BUREAUCRACY ESSAY 1 Raimi Albee Joann Dunlap Grand Canyon University: SOC-102 15 Ocotber 2019 A bureaucracy is considered to be an administrative system that governs a large institution, whether it is privately owned or publicly owned. One example of an organization
BUREAUCRACY ESSAY 2 bureaucracy is the police department, as it consists of many different characteristics such as a division of labor, rules, records, etc. This essay will be going into depth about bureaucratic organizations, and will specifically be going over the requirements that the police department meets in order to be considered as such. Within each organization bureaucracy there are five characteristics that they must meet in order to maintain their title of a bureaucracy, the first of which is the hierarchical levels of authority. Another name for this is the “chain of command”, and this principle describes how every person within the organization has a supervisor that holds and maintains more authority than their subordinates. A major role for both the supervisor as well as the officers in the police department is communication, an example of not following the “chain of command” would be if an officer decided to make a decision that was not approved by the supervisor. Within the hierarchical levels of authority there is the span of control which gives the number of people the supervisor has to control, and there is also the unity of command which means that each subordinate has only one supervisor ensuring there is no conflicting orders. Another characteristic that is required in bureaucracies is division of labor, this affirms that no one officer or supervisor is held responsible for all the work and that it is divided among different specialized persons.
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- Fall '17
- Nancy Servatius
- supervisor, Police Department