machine bureaucracy

machine bureaucracy

an ORGANIZATION characterized by a high reliance on rules to govern how its members perform their jobs and interact with each other. Organizations of this type are usually found in stable environments. See MECHANISTIC AND ORGANISMIC.
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Miller (2012) was quite correct in pointing out the tenets of machine bureaucracy and that the solution to almost all problems from this perspective is "tighter control" (Mintzberg, 1983, p.
Miller correctly pointed out that Broad's background is in the private sector, where the tenets of machine bureaucracy are primal.
Mintzberg identified five types of organizational structures: simple structure, machine bureaucracy, professional bureaucracy, divisionalized form, and adhocracy.
In this study, therefore, we gathered data from four clusters, namely, the operating core and support staff in a professional bureaucracy and the same two groups of employees in a machine bureaucracy.
According to Mintzberg (1993) a machine bureaucracy is characterized by highly specialized routine operating tasks, formalized procedures, and large-sized units in the operating core.
Of the five configurations identified by Mintzberg, we use the simple structure, adhocracy, and machine bureaucracy as the theoretical underpinning of this study.
1) Mintzberg (1983) identifies banks and computer software firms as examples of the machine bureaucracy and adhocracy.
These are: (1) machine bureaucracy (2) professional bureaucracy (3) adhocracy or innovative forms (4) simple or entrepreneurial forms and (5) divisional forms.
A machine bureaucracy is defined by its emphasis on standardization of work and centralized decision-making.
A machine bureaucracy depends heavily on 'encoded knowledge'.
The knowledge agents of a machine bureaucracy are not the individuals directly engaged in operations, but the formal managerial hierarchy responsible for formulating the written rules, procedures and performance standards.
The knowledge structure of a machine bureaucracy is collective, functionally segmented and hierarchical.