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Sociology
Course
SOCA02H3
Professor
Sheldon Ungar
Semester
Summer

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Chapter 6 Networks GroupsBureaucraciesSocietiesBureaucraciesBureaucratic InefficiencyWeber argued bureaucracy is most efficient type of 2ndary groupIdea that bureaucracies are efficient may seem very odd seen as Red Tape Case of the Challenger space shuttle exploded shortly after takeoff bc of Orings o Some engineers knew but info didnt reach NASAs top bureaucratsBureaucratic inefficiencies can sometimes have tragic consequencesWhy against Webers view 1 When Weber wrote about efficiency of burea he was comparing w older organizational formsThese operated on the basis of traditional practices or charisma of their leaders 2 Weber thought of burea could operate efficiently only in the ideal caseReality is often messier 4 main criticisms against bureaucracies 1 Dehumanization occurs when bureaucracies treat clients as standard cases and personnel as cogs in a giant machine a This treatment frustrates clientslowers workermorale 2 Bureaucratic ritualism involves bureaucrats becoming so preoccupied with rulesregulations that they make it difficult for the organization to fulfill its goals 3 Oligarchy rule of the few all bureaucracies have a supposed tendency for power to become increasingly concentrated in th
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