What Are Strengths And Weaknesses Of Bureaucratic Organizations ?


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d ds answered
The strengths of a bureaucratic organization are:
·   More control over the employees with clear rules and regulations
·   No confusion as the reporting relationships is clear and well defined.
·   The system is centralized and all the decisions can be monitored
·   There is standardization and everyone has to follow the same procedure
The weaknesses are:

  • The decision making and all the other processes are very slow

  • The jobs may become boring for the employees

  • The communication has to go through so many levels that it gets distorted.

  • Too much control discourages innovation and creativity.

  • There are too many levels in the hierarchy.

  • The bureaucracy itself encourages political behavior and people try to use other means to go up the hierarchy
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Ellie Hoe answered
The main demerit of bureaucratic organizations includes lack of innovation. All the processes and tasks are so much fixed that the innovation process is almost eliminated in bureaucratic organizations. Employees get demotivated because of lesser employee participation and involvement. HR can't be utilized in the fullest manner by optimizing creativity which is the prime disadvantage in bureaucratic structure of the organizations.

Advantages include the increased control and monitoring of upper level  management. The success of the organizations depend upon the wise decisions of top management. If the top management is good, then results can be favorable and if the top management is not good then it can result in disaster.
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Larry Patterson answered
Bureacracies are normally accused of terrible inefficiency and rigidness.  I read an article once by a guy who said that bureaucracies are actually very efficient and people complain because they have to have al their ducks in a row in order to accomplish anything.
Income tax might be a good example.  The system drives you nuts but if you follow it precisely, you'll get the right answer.  
If you were to study the terrible calamities that have happened recently such as bridge collapses, you. S. Economy collapse, terrorist attacks, etc,  think you could make a case that a good bureaucracy controlling the oversight of these entities might have prevented some of the disasters.
I worked in government for 38 years.  In just about every case where bad things happened, someone didn't follow the procedures that might have prevented it.
Bureaucratic procedures will most always make it easy to determine who is accountable.  You notice nowadays, there is very little incidence of someone being held responsible and that is one of the reasons similar problems keep on occurring.

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