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Max Weber & Mainstream Management

I need help in answering this question: The mainstream management has been dominant in its approaches in the industrialized world for more than a century, but Max Weber argued that is not sustainable over the long term. Do you agree with Weber?

Please give an example from a real-life situation. Thanks!

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Max Weber popularized the term bureaucracy, and led studies in it leading to the popularization of the term and practice. However, Weber did not feel it was sustainable over the long term because it is a threat to individual freedoms and leads to a very limited amount of responsibility and creative thought. A worker is trapped within the rules of the system, not allowed to think freely.

I agree with Weber entirely. There is a place (albeit a very small place!) for bureaucrats to work and prosper. Within the government, doing set tasks that need precision and routine, and, as well, it is important to have a hierarchy of personnel and a clear sense of line of duty and authority. However, it is also key to invent, be creative, and have the ability to change the system when needed for better customer service. Think about the time you visited a store and wanted to perhaps return or exchange an item you had bought ...

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This solution discusses Max Weber's argument that mainstream management, although dominant in its' approaches in the industrialized world for more than a century, is not sustainable over the long term. It gives links and examples.

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