Max Weber 's Theory Of Bureaucracy

1232 WordsAug 27, 20155 Pages
Since its early translations, Essay’s in Sociology (1948), Max Weber’s theory of bureaucracy has been used as a platform to study and understand the structures of an organisation, in service sectors. However, many societies have undergone significant change since the development of the theory, with the improvement of technology and globalisation, many view the bureaucratic model to no longer have relevance in contemporary organisational structure in the 21st century. The notion that a bureaucratic system can no longer be applicable to modern organisations is highly questionable, as many suggest bureaucracy will continue to be a fundamental part of any organisation, but, the application and implementation will adapt differently across the diverse range of organisations, even coexist with contemporary theories, such as post-bureaucracy. It was clear to Weber (1948) that historically there have been great empires from Ancient Egypt to the Roman Catholic Church and to China, to have encompassed bureaucratic system of sort in order to develop and achieve their respective organisations. It further transcends to modern Europe and to “large modern capitalist enterprise” (Weber, 1948, p.204). However, rapid technological advancement, and a globalised and diversified world, has seen the transformation of industrial service society, to an information service society. These changes have had significant impact on organisation structures (Bolin & Harenstam, 2008). It is perceived the key
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