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The War on Bureaucracy
A critical assessment of the 'war on bureaucracy' and the validity of the post-bureaucracy thesis.
# 93368 | 2,870 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2007 | GB
Published on Mar 16, 2007 in Political Science (General)

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This paper discusses how post-bureaucracy is not the dominant form of organization and contends that what has emerged is a new and different form of bureaucracy. It provides an assessment of the success of the so called 'war on bureaucracy' and how relevant the post-bureaucracy theory is to the contemporary workplace.

From the Paper:

"The rules in bureaucracy refer to how people should carry out their work. The worker has no discretion over how to do their job, he or she must simply carry out his or her tasks and report to their manager or supervisor. They also refer to the general structure of procedures that govern the system of the company, from who should report to who, who works alongside who and who is privy to certain information. Because of these rules there is no discretion in work and no scope for questioning the judgement of authority. Sub-ordinates simply carry out their tasks in the prescribed fashion and report to their superiors."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Grey, C. A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Studying Organisations. Sage. 2005
  • Snyder, D. Extra-preneurship: Reinventing enterprise for the information age. The Futurist; Vol. 39; Issue 4.
  • Hales, C. 'Bureaucracy-lite' and Continuities in Managerial Work. British Journal of Management; 2002; Vol. 13
  • McSweeney, B. Are we Living in a Post-Bureaucratic Epoch? Journal of Organisational Change Management; 2006; Vol. 19; Iss. 1.
  • Briand, L and Bellemare, G. A structurationist analysis of post-bureaucracy in modernity and late modernity. Journal of Organisational Change Management; 2006 Vol. 19; Iss 1.

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