Introduction

Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 24, 2006, pp. 1-17

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-507

Posted: 5 Jun 2013

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Royston Greenwood

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Roy Suddaby

Peter B Gustavson School of Business

Megan McDougald

University of Alberta

Date Written: Dec 1, 2005

Abstract

Our conception of the ideal organization has changed from the machine-like efficiency of Weberian bureaucracy to a post-industrial ideal (Bell, 1973) in which organizations spurn the bureaucratic form to become more adaptive, receptive and generative. Such ideal organizations, we are told, will exhibit strong employee involvement and will rely on self-organizing autonomous teams. Hierarchy will be abandoned in favor of flatter organizational structures, and authority relations will be based upon individual capability and expertise rather than position. Put simply, organizations of the future will cure all of the ills of Weber's bureaucracy while preserving the ideals of precision, speed, discretion, knowledge and, above all, efficiency.

Suggested Citation

Greenwood, Royston and Suddaby, Roy Robert and McDougald, Megan, Introduction (Dec 1, 2005). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 24, 2006, pp. 1-17, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper No. 2013-507, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2274337

Royston Greenwood (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

Roy Robert Suddaby

Peter B Gustavson School of Business ( email )

Victoria, British Columbia
Canada
250-721-6401 (Phone)

Megan McDougald

University of Alberta ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R3
Canada

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