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Title Reinventing hierarchy and bureaucracy : from the bureau to network organizations / edited by Thomas Diefenbach, Rune Todnem By.

Imprint Bingley, U.K. : Emerald, 2012.

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Description 1 online resource (viii, 252 pages) : illustrations
Series Research in the sociology of organizations, 0733-558X ; v. 35
Research in the sociology of organizations ; v. 35.
Contents Bureaucracy and hierarchy : what else!? / Thomas Diefenbach, Rune Todnem By -- 'Little cogs' : bureaucracy and the career in British banking, c. 1900-1950 / Alan McKinlay -- The end of bureaucracy? / Stewart R. Clegg -- Bureaucracy : an idea whose time has come (again)? / Haldor Byrkjeflot, Paul du Gay -- Understanding hierarchy in contemporary work / Susanne E. Lundholm, Jens Rennstam, Mats Alvesson -- The cultural fantasy of hierarchy : sovereignty and the desire for spiritual purity / Carl Rhodes, Peter Bloom -- Crossing of boundaries : subordinates' challenges to organisational hierarchy / Thomas Diefenbach, John A.A. Sillince -- The birth of biocracy / Peter Fleming -- Super flat : hierarchy, culture and dimensions of organizing / Martin Parker.
Summary This special volume brings together leading scholars in the field of organisation studies to reflect on the universal phenomena of hierarchy (vertical organisation of tasks) and bureaucracy (rule-bound execution of tasks). The result is a colourful kaleidoscope of thought-provoking, critical and refreshingly non-mainstream analysis of hierarchy and bureaucracy. The chapters range from minute accounts of a single case to broader historical analysis, from the 'classical' journal paper to essay-style elaborations. The first section provides fundamentals and historical accounts of bureaucracy, highlighting negative and positive effects of bureaucracy and a differentiated picture with some future outlook. The second section focuses on the analysis of organisational, cultural and socio-psychological aspects of hierarchy and bureaucracy by interrogating hierarchy in contemporary work via a new framework, exploring the cultural fantasy of hierarchy and sovereignty, and examining subordinates' challenges to organisational hierarchy. The final section comprises two chapters which provide some alternative views on, and alternatives to hierarchy. One is alarming, the other is puzzling.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
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Subject Organizational behavior.
Organizational change.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Diefenbach, Thomas, 1965-
By, Rune Todnem.
Other Form: Print version: 9781780527826
ISBN 9781780527833 (electronic bk.)
1780527837 (electronic bk.)
1780527829 (Trade Cloth)
9781280394560 (online)