Weber’s Organizational Management Principles


Weber’sOrganizational Management Principles

Weber’sOrganizational Management Principles

MaxWeber came up with an approach to organizational management that laidemphasis on bureaucracies, where a business entity would be dividedinto hierarchies thereby establishing a strong line of control andauthority. He underlined the need for organizations to come up withdetailed and comprehensive standard operating procedures for everytask. Bureaucratic organizations would have varying characteristicsincluding high affinity to rationality, extensive utilization ofwritten documents, hiring and promoting individuals and allocatingtasks in line with their specification, as well as having everyaction dictated by rules and regulations (Goldman&amp Nieuwenhuizen, 2006).

Asmuch as there may be varying opinions, it is evident that theapplicability of Max Weber’s bureaucratic management approach isconsiderably limited in the contemporary business market. This isparticularly considering the rigidity with which the approach comes.It is well acknowledged that the contemporary business entitiesnecessitate that there be varied decision-making entities all gearedtowards a single goal so as to enhance the elasticity andadaptability of the business entity (Nieuwenhuizenet al, 2008).As much as highly bureaucratic organizational structures may havebeen applicable and effective in the old mature markets that were notdependent on innovation may be incapable of moving quickly to newideas or even restructure the workplaces so as to allow for theincorporation of new techniques of manufacturing. On the same note,the fact that a single individual would be making decisions meansthat the employees would be likely to feel less valued, in which casethere would be a decrease in the job satisfaction (Nieuwenhuizen&ampErasmus, 2007).This would result in an increase in employee turnover, which has thecapacity to cripple the operations of the company. For properfunctionality, ensuring that there are multiple decision-makingentities ensures the continuity and flexibility of the company in thelong-term.


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