Max Weber's Ideal Types Of Organization

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What is the point of an ‘ideal type’ of organization if it doesn’t actually work? The ‘ideal type’ refers to a methodological construct developed by German sociologist, Max Weber in the 1930s. Weber’s ideal type refers to the perfect bureaucratization of an organization or institution; bureaucracies are designed to accomplish large-scale administrative tasks by systematically coordinating the work of many people, in order to achieve the control and coordination of work in large organizations— bureaucracy aims to create efficient organizations. However, a perfect bureaucracy can never be fully realized, thus the need for a pure type of bureaucracy, which Weber termed as an ideal type. Weber’s ideal type aims to specify the factors that must be taken into consideration in investigations and to define them clearly. Weber’s ideal type operates within the hypothesis that the different bureaucratic characteristics contribute to the efficiency and power of organizations. In order to achieve this efficient, ideal type bureaucracy, Weber underscores several fundamental characteristics that an organization must possess in order to achieve this ideal type. Firstly, a bureaucratic organization must operate within a formal, disciplined, hierarchical structure. Under this disciplined hierarchal structure, every official is held accountable for his subordinates’, as well as his own, decisions and actions. Within this hierarchal structure, each level should have clearly defined
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