Weber used the term, ‘Iron Cage’ in relation to bureaucracy

This essay will first explain the meaning of bureaucracy, what it means today for society, bringing in ideas from Max Weber and what he understood bureaucracy meant for social development. A little background of Max Weber will be described to perhaps understand where his views originated. These views will be explored, including Weber’s interpretations on […]

The three classical theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber

This assignment will comment upon the three classical theories of Marx, Durkheim and Weber and the way that these three theories have spawned three classical perspectives (Conflict Theory, Functionalism and Symbolic Internationalism), and then, in turn, analyze how they have changed organizational theory today. With Marx’s theories occurring during a transitional period he identifies a […]

Congress and Bureaucracy

In ordinary usage, “bureaucracy” refers to a complex, specialized organization composed of non-elected, highly trained professional administrators and clerks hired on a full-time basis to perform administrative services and tasks. Bureaucratic organizations are broken up into specialized departments or ministries, to each of which is assigned responsibility for pursuing a limited number of the government’s […]

Bureaucratic Structure

Bureaucracy today is an integral part of most modern organizations. Whether public or private, organizations all across the world implement systems and regulations in their daily procedures which are enforced by appointed employees. Although bureaucracy has existed in some form or another for hundreds of years in human society, our point of departure will be […]

Is Bureaucracy Good for Employees

This essay focuses on the assertion that “Too much and too little bureaucracy in an organization demotivate employees and cause them stress. ” According to James & George (2008), bureaucracy is a formal system of organization and administration designed to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. Hanson (1979) defines bureaucracy as “an authority structure based on rational […]

An Analysis to Weber Ideal Type Bureaucracy

1 Introduction Max Weber’s study of bureaucracy look for develops a historical and sociological account of the rise of modern organizations. (Linstead et al.2004 p130). He used an ideal type to analysis appear of the bureaucracy form of organization. The ideal type, according to Weber, is a tool used to identify the characteristics of social […]

Cons of Bureaucracy

One of the major weaknesses of bureaucracy is that it would eliminate the autonomy that the workers are used to having by standardizing work procedures, and by adopting clearly defined rules that instruct that them on how to work in every possible situation. This ‘standardization’ leads to the formation of routine tasks, which may eventually […]

Public Administration and Democracy

Though the Watergate scandal and popular movement against the Vietnam war may have added momentum to his ideas, one cannot but admire Dwight Waldo for his courage and foresight in expressing forceful arguments in favor of ethical accountability of administrators, as early as 1968 (Wright, 1989). Weber inadvertently perhaps, lent some prior weight to Dwight […]


Different concepts embody society that generates results in certain aspects of life. The results vary depending on what area it applies and its composition. Bureaucracy involves the concept of administration and execution of systematic rules. The word bureaucracy comes from two words: bureau which means an office or a work place; and kratia, a Greek […]

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