Managing Modernity: The End of Bureaucracy?

Paperback | March 3, 2011

EditorStewart R. Clegg, Martin Harris, Harro Hopfl

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Bureaucracy has long been a cornerstone of advanced industrial societies, and a defining feature of modernity. At the same time, many commentators from all quarters argue that it is on the wane in this post-this or that world; or that if it isn't, it should be dismantled to free uporganizations, enterprise, and innovation.But do we live in a more or less bureaucratic world? Do contemporary forms and means of communication undermine or modify bureaucracy, or does technology create new 'iron cages' and forms of control? If bureaucratic models of organization are abandoned, do we run risks of organizational failure andinequity? Are there certain moral, professional, and social values associated with bureaucratic models?This book explores these issues in different organizational contexts - public administration, the National Health Service, the modern firm and corporation - and offers new insights into enduring questions. It will be an invaluable resource for academics, researchers, and students in organizationstudies, management, public administration, and sociology. The volume will also appeal to managers, planners, and policy makers who deal with these challenges.

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Bureaucracy has long been a cornerstone of advanced industrial societies, and a defining feature of modernity. At the same time, many commentators from all quarters argue that it is on the wane in this post-this or that world; or that if it isn't, it should be dismantled to free uporganizations, enterprise, and innovation.But do we liv...

Stewart Clegg is Research Professor and Director of the Centre for Management and Organization Studies Research at the University of Technology, Sydney and he is also a Visiting Professor at Copenhagen Business School and EM-Lyon. A prolific publisher in leading academic journals in social science, management and organization theory,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:March 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionStewart Clegg, Martin Harris, and Harro M. Hopfl: Managing Modernity: Beyond Bureaucracy?1. Paul du Gay: 'Without Regard to Persons': Problems of Involvement and Attachment in 'Post-bureaucratic' Public Management2. Harro Hopfl: Bureaucratic and Post-bureaucratic Accountability in Britain: Some Sceptical Reflections3. David A. Buchanan and Louise Fitzgerald: New Lock, New Stock, New Barrel, Same Gun: the Accessorized Bureaucracy of Healthcare4. Ewen Speed: Applying Soft Bureaucracy to Rhetorics of Choice: UK NHS 1983-20075. Martin Harris: Network Governance and the Politics of Organizational Resistance in UK Healthcare: the National Programme for Information Technology6. Jannis Kallinikos: Bureaucracy Under Siege: On Information, Collaboration and Networks7. Mats Alvesson and Dan Karreman: 'Meritocracy' versus 'Sociocracy': Personnel Concepts and HR Themes in Two IT/Management Consulting Firms8. Stephen Ackroyd: Post-Bureaucratic Manufacturing? A Consideration of the Post-War Organization of Large British Firms9. Stewart Clegg: Under Reconstruction: Modern Bureaucracies10. Mike Reed: The Post-Bureaucratic Organization and the Control Revolution11. Hugh Willmott: The Futures of Bureaucracy?