Bureaucracy In Governmental Institutions

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Many believe that bureaucratic structured organizations hinder the ability to make room for innovation. People believe that innovation emerges from a dynamic and flexible system within an organization and not from a rigid bureaucratic organization. Rigidity, routine and hierarchy are the most problematic characteristics of bureaucratic organizations. Public sector bureaucracy has been infamous for its inefficiencies because of the budgets and incentives. Most of the issues in governments are mostly because of the inherent problems within the structure itself that could be found in all governmental institutions. In situations characterized as disastrous situations, many have claimed that the bureaucratic management is slow in terms of inability …show more content…
In this paper, the notion of bureaucracy in governmental institution will be addressed, the advantages and disadvantages of bureaucratic structure according to theorists and critics and will study at how change in some parts of the embassy such as the department of economics at the Yemeni embassy in Washington DC, affected positively in the performance of the embassy. The reason behind choosing the Yemeni embassy in Washington DC is that because as a Yemeni, I still believe that the type of organizational structure they follow is a good example where minor changes could be developed as a way of innovation within the bureaucratic …show more content…
Taylor discusses how an organization could increase its productivity through dividing work processes into specific tasks. He argues that the productiveness of specialized tasks depends on how work is divided. Taylor has pioneered time-efficiency studies and his theory was then implemented in both the private and public sectors giving rise to modern bureaucratic administration. Unlike Taylor, Max Weber focused on understanding the bureaucratic structure’s potential on the influence on the human behavior. Although he acknowledged that bureaucracy is technical and very formal that compromises humanity and refers to it as a monstrous machine (Weber, 1978). He developed his ideal model of a bureaucratic structure by studying well-established organizations such as modern day governments in Europe. He established that most organizational features include hierarchy, division of tasks and impersonality. Furthermore, he found that bureaucracies are mostly rules-based and process-oriented organizations. Hierarchy maintains power and control through a top-bottom command where work was divided into specialized and routinized tasks. Routinization in bureaucracy is based on the level of compliance between comprehensive set of rules and regulations, which limits the decision making in case-by-case decision making. Weber also was not among the people who looked at bureaucracy as

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