Five Characteristics Of A Bureaucracy

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A bureaucracy is a word for an organization that has its own rules, regulations and organization of authority, to result in success. This is all established to make sure that everything is fair and highly efficient when organizing different structures. There are set functions, structure and order so that the set visions, mission and core values are met successfully. Hood College, a private liberal arts school in Frederick Maryland is not a perfect bureaucracy (no bureaucracy is perfect) but the college contains an ideal type. An ideal type is the model of the five characteristics of a bureaucracy. Hood College follows the five simple characteristics of a bureaucracy which leads to high efficiency in this institution. Max Weber ([1913-1922] …show more content…
This includes having to be supervised, or any position having higher authority. This contrasts the characteristic of a bureaucracy, hierarchy of authority, clarifying who is in command. At Hood College, President Chapdelaine is the authoritative figure that is centered at the top. Witt, 2013, stated that “a president heads a college bureaucracy; he or she selects members of the administration, who in turn hire their own staff” (pg. 117). All administration and staff at Hood College have responsibly achieved status to acquire a job of authority that allows them to make certain decisions. As would be predicted by the functionalist perspective, having higher authority provides order, stability and structure to run the institution at Hood College. Every faculty member at Hood College, no matter the level of authority, have coalition, an understanding that everyone has the same goal. This enables that the key functions at Hood College, the vision, mission and core values can be …show more content…
All of the responsibilities are equally shared between the trustees, administrators, faculty staff and even students. Analyzing the organizational structure of Hood College from both a functionalist and conflict perspective, it is clear that Hood College is very efficient. Hood College is a bureaucracy that displays five basic characteristics and this results in efficiency. From displaying the characteristics, and having set missions, vision and core values Hood College’s goals are met. Hood College is known for academic excellence, caring and committed support staff, and a stable environment, a lot of student diversity and an experienced board of education and the administrative leadership. All of the decisions in this college bureaucracy are made through organized processes, for order, fairness and to be highly efficient. Hood College is very structured, functional and it results in a positive, organized

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