Bureaucracy Max Webber

Busting Bureaucracy  
contact us


What is Bureaucracy

The Bureaucratic Organization

Examples of Bureaucracy

Bureaucratic Management and Leadership

About Max Weber

Damaging Actions of Bureaucracy

Effects of Bureaucracy

Reducing or Banishing Bureaucracy

Alternatives to Bureaucracy

Red tape and Other Negative By-products of Bureaucracy

Reduce or Eliminate the Negative Effects of Bureaucracy

Benefits of Bureaucracy

Bureaucratic Form According to Max Weber — His Six Major Principles
Before covering Weber's Six Major Principles, I want to describe the various multiple meanings of the word "bureaucracy."
1. A group of workers (for example, civil service employees of the U. S. government), is referred to as "the bureaucracy." An example: "The threat of Gramm-Rudman-Hollings cuts has the bureaucracy in Washington deeply concerned."
2. Bureaucracy is the name of an organizational form used by sociologists and organizational design professionals.
3. Bureaucracy has an informal usage, as in "there's too much bureaucracy where I work." This informal usage describes a set of characteristics or attributes such as "red tape" or "inflexibility" that frustrate people who deal with or who work for organizations they perceive as "bureaucratic."
As you read about the bureaucratic form, note whether your organization matches the description. The more of these concepts that exist in your organization, the more likely you will have some or all of the negative by-products described in the book "Busting Bureaucracy."
In the 1930s Max Weber, a German sociologist, wrote a rationale that described the bureaucratic form as being the ideal way of organizing government agencies.
Max Weber's principles spread throughout both public and private sectors. Even though Weber's writings have been widely discredited, the bureaucratic form lives on.
Weber noted six major principles....