The Control of a Few

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The Control of a Few The centralized organizational structure enhances the power of a few individuals . People who are familiar with the rules of how bureaucracies function maintain a sense of "quiet" control over those who have little knowledge of how the system operates. Red Tape: Bureaucracies May Become Inefficient Bureaucracies get choked with rules to the point where they cease to function. Red tape may impede the purpose of an organization. Bureaucratic Incompetence - The Peter Principle The Peter Principle argues that people rise to the level of their incompetence . It suggests that if an individual does a great job at a low level in the bureaucracy, then the organization will promote that person to the next level. If they continue to perform well, they receive yet another promotion. Organizations will promote the individual to higher
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Unformatted text preview: and higher rungs in the organization until they reach a point where the worker no longer does a good job. At that point the promotions stop, but seldom are the bureaucrats demoted. They tend to stay at the level where they have ceased to be functional. MACRO Levels of Social Organization Communities 1. Communities are large formal organizations that attain a significant degree of self sufficiency and independence. 2. A community is a place that can be found on a map . 3. The community takes care of most basic human needs . Communities address the social, educational, and cultural needs of its members. 4. A community has an economy and political orientation . 5. People form most of their personal relationships within the community . Example: Communes...
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