Max Webber

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MAX WEBER By: JD Mojica Life and career Max Weber was born on April 21, 1864, the eldest of seven children, and grew up in a cultured bourgeois household, ruled by a strong authoritarian father. At University in Heidelberg, Weber studied economics, medieval history and philosophy as well as law. A period of military service brought him under the care of his uncle, Hermann Baumgarten, a historian, and his wife. Both uncle and aunt acted as mentors to Weber, the former as a liberal who treated him as an intellectual peer, the latter as a person who impressed him with her deep sense of social responsibility towards her charitable work. Both offered a stark contrast to Weber's father, who treated his son with patronizing authoritarianism.…show more content…
Bureaucratization Weber recognized the dangers of bureaucratization and spoke of how measurement processes could turn people into cogs in a machine. In this, Weber's reflections are not too distant from Marx's theories of alienation. Although organizational bureaucratization increases efficiency and the capability for greater production that mechanical efficiency also threatens to dehumanize its participants. Weber also believed, however, that the only way people could make a significant contribution was to subjugate their personalities and desires to the impersonal goals and procedures of large scale organizations. Paradoxically, Weber believed that the only way to escape such a mechanical future was for a charismatic leader to transform the organization into something new. Bureaucracy became the model for the twentieth century organization, and was encapsulated in the organization of Alfred Sloan's General Motors and Harold Geneen's ITT. Perhaps the mundanity and regularity of bureaucratic, corporate life was best described in William Whyte's The Organization Man (1956) in which the individual was taken over by the bureaucratic machine, in the name of efficiency. A more recent and humorous interpretation of life in a bureaucracy has been depicted by Scott Adams in The Dilbert Principle. The bureaucracy may have outlived its age of supremacy, but it is still hard to foresee a future without any need for the order,
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