The Relevance of Bureaucracy to Contemporary Organizations

2680 Words May 20th, 2012 11 Pages
Bureaucracy is supposedly unsuitable to quickly changing and highly demanding features of contemporary organizations as this type of management is synonymous to red tape and it represents dozens of negative effects such as rigidity, alienation, and low commitment (Adler, 1999, pp.37). However, with core characteristics of the bureaucratic form (e.g. formalization, hierarchy and specialization) (Adler & Borys, 1996, p.1) as well as evidence of ongoing existence of this management method, bureaucracy is proved to remain relevant in terms of following facets: it very fits organizations characterized with routine tasks; it comes up with exceptional requirements of some specific organizations; it is very well-suited to ease the tension of …show more content…
Obviously, in this regards, the formalized procedures of the representative bureaucracy are necessary and relevant for any sort of organization.
Max Weber states that bureaucracy is said to be the most rational form of management and it remains relevant today (Adler, 1999, p.37). While agree with this opinion in general, this paper argues that the different extent of bureaucracy application depends on organization form, size as well as organization tasks.
As bureaucracy is characterized with hierarchical structure, formalized procedures, and staff expertise (Adler, 1999, p.37), this management style is thought to remain suitable for large-scale organizations in which timeliness, conformance and orderliness are crucial to get the whole system run smoothly. These requirements, obviously, are especially demanding for success of contemporary organizations that typically come under pressure of increasingly fierce global competition. Furthermore, the application of bureaucracy management style with high level of formalization and standardization is fairly desperate for specific sectors or organizations such as military, hospital or police offices – particular organizations whose performance is thought to be hardly conducted without the high degree of formalization and arbitrary rules. Undoubtedly, the
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