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What are the Max Weber basic characteristics of a Bureaucracy?

What are the Max Weber basic characteristics of a Bureaucracy?

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This question is part of Sociology Chapter 14 - Education
Asked by Padme, Last updated: Aug 02, 2020

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E. Austin

E. Austin

Answered Nov 11, 2018

A bureaucracy can be defined in two different ways. One type of bureaucracy is a group of people who are officials but they are usually appointed to their positions. The other type of bureaucracy is a group of people who are in charge of making decisions. These people may or may not be elected to their positions. Max Weber was a famous person known for his ways in sociology, philosophy and politics.

He wrote many ideas and explanations about these topics. However, his most famous was probably his bureaucratic model. This included division of labor, a hierarchy of authority, written rules and regulations for those in the group to follow, impersonality and employment based on technical qualifications. Everything involved in personality was removed from this model.

 

G. Horace

G. Horace, Content Developer, Chicago

Answered Sep 20, 2018

Max Weber Bureaucratic form according to Max Weber. He has six major principles. These include formal hierarchical structure, in which each level controls the level below, and it is controlled by the level above. Next, is management by rules, which are controlling rules made from high levels that allow rules to be executed at low levels. Then, there is an organization by functional specialty, which is people organized into units based upon the type of work they do.

Next, is up focused or on a focused mission. Up serves stockholders or board. It helps the organization itself to turn a profit. Next, purposely impersonal, which states that employees and customers are to be treated equally. Last, is employment based upon technical conditions. Predisposition to grow staff "above the line." A bureaucratic form is accepted as the standard way to organize any endeavor.

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered May 08, 2017

Division of labor
Hierarchy of authority
Written rules and regulations
Impersonality
Employment based on technical qualifications
 

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