Essays on Pros and Cons of a Bureaucratic Approach towards Managing Contemporary Organisations Case Study

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The paper 'Pros and Cons of a Bureaucratic Approach towards Managing Contemporary Organisations" is a good example of a management case study. Bureaucratic approach to management has been in existence from time immemorial. It draws roots from the reign of the first rulers of the world such as Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan. The quest to find an easy way of governing mega organisations and expansive territories drove these leaders to design regulations and rules alongside hierarchies whose replication would be less challenging. In modern days, this leadership technique is still synonymous with enormous and multinational corporations.

Spahr (2015) describes bureaucratic management as a formal organisational system that operates on definite levels of hierarchy and roles with a view to inducing seamless operability and facilitating efficiency and effectiveness. The bureaucratic approach to management specifies organisational structure as a continuous and definite hierarchy where each subsequent level entirely depends on the control of the management level it succeeds. Besides, every position and department within the particular hierarchy exists in a right of its own with the jobholders having no specified rights to any given position.

Weber (2015) adds that the responsibilities and obligations at the individual levels have a clear delineation, thus, each level operates around its own sphere of competence. There are several theories that define bureaucratic management with the most dominant one being Max Weber’ s bureaucratic management theory, which details the specific tenets of bureaucratic management. It is noteworthy that while the approach has been in use from the beginning of time, it is not entirely beneficial. Bureaucratic management has certain cons, which are speculated by the theory of bureaucratic dysfunction.

Among the top two organisations that embody the pros and cons of bureaucratic management include the modern U. S. Army division of the military and General Motors respectively. Bureaucratic management improves efficiency in large organisations, but the operation of contemporary organisations is more than just efficiency.


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