Technical Advantages of Bureaucracy

  • Mokgata Matjie
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Bureaucracy: is an organizational structure that is characterized by many rules, standardized processes, procedures, and requirements.

Technical advantage: refers to an incremental improvement in the known methods of production, such as the methodological and procedural methods of bureaucracy which are likely to result in greater chance of success.


Bureaucracy is a popular and complex governance system, which has been criticized and praised at the same time by scholars. For example, Weber argued for and against bureaucracy when he called it “a useful technique for ensuring that decisions are made on the basis of knowledge” and an “iron cage of reason” where rules rather than reasons are important (Weber 1958). Bureaucracy is the most efficient way to set up an organization, administration, and organizations. Max Weber...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Industrial and Organizational Psychology DepartmentUniversity of South Africa (Unisa)PretoriaSouth Africa