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Characteristics of Bureaucracy

Characteristics of Bureaucracy

Author: Paul Hannan

This lesson will define bureaucracy and how it contributes to the rationality of society; list Max Weber's characteristics of bureaucracy.

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  • Bureaucracy

    A model for organization that is designed to accomplish tasks with the maximum efficiency possible.

  • Tradition

    Beliefs, values, practices, and customs that are handed down from generation to generation in society.

  • Rationality

    Calculated, practical, cost-benefit reasoning designed to accomplish tasks efficiently.

  • Rationalization of Society (Process of, Max Weber)

    The movement from traditional ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling, to modern, rational ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.

  • Weber's Six Characteristics of Bureaucracy

    Max Weber argued that the bureaucratic organizational form is characterized by six features: 1) Specialization and Division of Labor; 2) Hierarchical Authority Structures; 3) Rules and Regulations; 4) Technical Competence Guidelines; 5) Impersonality and Personal Indifference; 6) A Standard of Formal, Written Communications.