Characteristics Of Modern Bureaucracy

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The objective of this essay is to establish the relevance of Max Weber’s characterisation of modern bureaucracy in comprehending the workings of present day rational-legal organisations. I aim to achieve this objective by applying the key characteristics of modern bureaucracy, as identified by Weber, to rational-legal organisations of today. The term bureaucracy, ‘the rule of officials’, coined by Monsieur de Gournay in 1745, was initially used to refer only to government officials but later was extended to refer to large organisations in general. Weber, in his construction of an ideal type of bureaucracy identified 6 essential characteristics. I will now proceed to examine and compare each characteristic to the everyday workings of present…show more content…
These files contain all information regarding a student’s performance which continue to exist long after the concerned teachers have retired. These files later facilitate the induction of new teachers into the school by providing important data about the students. In his second point, Weber, by distinguishing between private and official activity implies that the members of an organisation don’t own the material resources within which they operate and neither do they owe their personal fortunes to the organisation. For example the employees of an organisation do not own the offices they sit in or the machinery they use but at the same time their own personal wealth is also considered distinct from that of the organisation. The fourth trait of bureaucracy that Weber talks of, is the requirement of thorough and expert training. For example, Competitive exams such as the Civil Services Exam are set so as to identify personnel possessing the expertise and specialized knowledge required for the different government posts. These persons, once identified are appointed different posts according to their exam results and…show more content…
If we are to look at the inner workings of HDFC bank for instance, each employee is assigned a particular duty and he/she are also aware of the duties of the others. For instance, there is a rule which requires all employees to maintain silence when a show is live. This rule cannot be applied by decree as per anyone’s whims and fancies as it is a there are certain rules and regulations all employees are expected to follow Knowledge of these rules represents a special technical learning which the officials possess. Also by this principle individuals cannot rule by decree they must apply an abstract, general rule. The overall analysis made of Weber’s ideal type of bureaucracy supports its relevance in present day rational legal organisations. However, it can be argued that Weber’s ideal type does not take into account the informal aspect of organisations. This aspect, not only introduces flexibility to an otherwise rigid system but also represents formal rules and procedures as ceremonial characters only for

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