What are your reflective viewpoints about bureaucracy? How and why does it make sense to you? Can you see the bad and good points associated with this form of governance?
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As organizations become larger and more complex, shared decision making, for example, becomes untenable giving rise to bureaucracy as being a more logical way of organizing and dealing with leadership-followership matters. Imagine bureaucracy as being a very large impersonal place. It is no longer warm and fuzzy but cold and unforgiving.
Here are some characteristics of the Bureaucratic Theory.
Organizational changes are difficult to address, particularly when existing rules and regulations cannot detect changes that need to be handled. It is unrealistic to assume that in current times with fluctuating and ever changing environmental conditions that a rational thinking will always apply or prevail.
Most organizations, including the profits, have to deal with unclear goals, unclear processes or activities, external influence, non-economic issues, political considerations, social issues, and questionable power of organizational leaders to decide, innovate, or execute decisions based on incomplete or inconclusive information. Human satisfaction of employees, subordinates, and relevant stakeholders is an important axis for ensuring continued organizational survivability and continued progress.
Most modern organizations are no longer in the manufacturing business and many do not have clear processes or goals, yet are expected to “perform” and serve needs of constituents or customers; therefore, there needs to be a better of organizing and leading most modern organizations.
This is not to say Theory X and scientific managerial theories are passé. Indeed, some of aspects of them, particularly those that deal with known workable routines, still need to be maintained and practiced. The idea is this theory cannot be the primary governance principle in modern organizations.