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The Anathema of Bureaucracy: Dealing with its Fate & Embracing its Inverse

by James D. Roumeliotis

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According to Wikipedia, the word “bureaucracy” is clearly defined as “The collective organizational structure, procedures, protocols and set of regulations in place to manage activity, usually in large organizations and government.” In other words, it’s a frustrating, rigid, process driven, and a snail paced institution. This shouldn’t exist in democratic countries and ought to be controlled by developing nations if they are to effortlessly succeed. Not doing so, bureaucracy will become increasingly self-serving, complacent and breed corruption, rather than properly serve society as its intention.

In the private sector, if people don’t work productively, their businesses will go bankrupt. But, in the public sector, seniority trumps performance regardless of employee efficiency or lack thereof. Competence in an organization is directly linked with its organizational system. In bureaucracy the hierarchy is typically very complex with many levels providing a highly differentiated structure of authority.

The faceless bureaucracy also exists in the private sector. Employees there get frustrated when they can’t perform their work in a wholesome way because of restrictive yet superfluous rules set by their organization. Add to that corporate politics and it’s not hard to see why there are high levels of employee exodus/turnover due to their malcontent. There are organizations which thrive on their ability to allow individuals to remain faceless. It permits them to act badly which is not in the best interest of their customers.

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