Bureaucracy and Personality

  • Mokgata Matjie
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_674-1

Synonyms

Definition

Bureaucracy: as a governance system based on strict rules and regulations that renders its organizational functioning independent of the personal qualities of the employees.

Personality: defined as the set of consistent or habitual behaviors, cognitions, and emotional patterns that evolve from biological and environmental factors. They are the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character.

Introduction

Bureaucracy is a governance or administration system characterized by strict following of rules and regulations. While this system might work for some employees, it is not necessarily working for all employees due to their different personalities. Its formal structures tend to neutralize the otherwise personal, emotional, irrational, and often political behavior of the humans (Weber 1968).

Personality refers to the long-standing traits and...

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Authors and Affiliations

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