Managing Modernity: Beyond Bureaucracy?

Managing Modernity: Beyond Bureaucracy?

by Stewart R. Clegg, Martin Harris, Harro Hopfl
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199563640

ISBN-13: 9780199563647

Pub. Date: 03/22/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Bureaucracy has long been a cornerstone of advanced industrial societies, and a defining feature of modernity. At the same time, many commentators from all quarters argue that it is on the wane in this post-this or that world; or that if it isn't, it should be dismantled to free up organizations, enterprise, and innovation.

But do we live in a more or less

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Overview

Bureaucracy has long been a cornerstone of advanced industrial societies, and a defining feature of modernity. At the same time, many commentators from all quarters argue that it is on the wane in this post-this or that world; or that if it isn't, it should be dismantled to free up organizations, enterprise, and innovation.

But do we live in a more or less bureaucratic world? Do contemporary forms and means of communication undermine or modify bureaucracy, or does technology create new "iron cages" and forms of control? If bureaucratic models of organization are abandoned, do we run risks of organizational failure and inequity? Are there certain moral, professional, and social values associated with bureaucratic models?

This book explores these issues in different organizational contexts—public administration, the National Health Service, the modern firm and corporation—and offers new insights into enduring questions. It will be an invaluable resource for academics, researchers, and students in organization studies, management, public administration, and sociology. The volume will also appeal to managers, planners, and policy makers who deal with these challenges.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199563647
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Managing Modernity: Beyond Bureaucracy?, Stewart Clegg, Martin Harris, and Harro M. Hopfl
1. 'Without Regard to Persons': Problems of Involvement and Attachment in 'Post-bureaucratic' Public Management, Paul du Gay
2. Bureaucratic and Post-bureaucratic Accountability in Britain: Some Sceptical Reflections, Harro Hopfl
3. New Lock, New Stock, New Barrel, Same Gun: the Accessorized Bureaucracy of Healthcare, David A. Buchanan and Louise Fitzgerald
4. Applying Soft Bureaucracy to Rhetorics of Choice: UK NHS 1983-2007, Ewen Speed
5. Network Governance and the Politics of Organizational Resistance in UK Healthcare: the National Programme for Information Technology, Martin Harris
6. Bureaucracy Under Siege: On Information, Collaboration and Networks, Jannis Kallinikos
7. 'Meritocracy' versus 'Sociocracy': Personnel Concepts and HR Themes in Two IT/Management Consulting Firms, Mats Alvesson and Dan Karreman
8. Post-Bureaucratic Manufacturing? A Consideration of the Post-War Organization of Large British Firms, Stephen Ackroyd
9. Under Reconstruction: Modern Bureaucracies, Stewart Clegg
10. The Post-Bureaucratic Organization and the Control Revolution, Mike Reed
11. The Futures of Bureaucracy?, Hugh Willmott

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