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Unformatted text preview: Organizations Overview The Rationalization of Society Formal Organizations & Bureaucracy Questions Regarding Exam I The Rationalization of Society Societal shift from traditional orientation to social life to a rational orientation Traditional societies: Custom and tradition are the central organizing principles Serve as guide for values and norms The Rationalization of Society Rationalization: Shift toward use of formal rules, the values of efficiency, calculability, and uniformity as guide for social organization "Rationing" of social life Results are emphasized, rather than traditional relationships Ex) Changes in household economics Rationalization of society led to increased prominence of formal organizations Formal Organizations: A secondary group designed for a specialpurpose or objective with formalized positions and procedures Formal Organizations Examples: Army Department of Motor Vehicles U.S. Postal Service LSU Domi...
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2010 for the course SOCL 2001 taught by Professor Mecom during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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