The Innovative Bureaucracy

Bureaucracy in an Age of Fluidity

By Alexander Styhre

© 2007 – Routledge

248 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Highly original and based on unique empirical research in the fields of organization theory and organization behaviour, this work makes an invaluable contribution to the literature on bureaucracy and innovation. Focusing on a study of two major companies working with innovation and new product development Styhre's critical analysis pushes the boundaries of bureaucracy studies beyond its current entrenched position.

Departing from the traditional view that bureaucratic organizations are inefficient, incapable of responding to external changes, unable to orchestrate innovative work and provide meaningful jobs for its co-workers, this empirical study underlines the merits of a functional organization, the presence of specialist and expertise groups and hierarchical structures. Analyzing the literature of bureaucracy, the new forms of post-bureaucratic organizations and drawing on the philosophy of Henri Bergson, the author offers a model of bureaucracy, capable of both apprehending its functional organization and its continuous and ongoing modifications and changes to adapt to external conditions.

Innovative and compelling, this book is an excellent text for advanced students of organization and management theory and managerial strategists and decision-makers across the globe.

Table of Contents

1. The Supplementarity of Bureaucracy in Management Thinking 2. The Concept of Bureaucracy 3. Affirming the Fluid: Debating Post-Bureaucratic Organizations 4. The Innovative Bureaucracy Part 1: The Entrepreneurial Bureaucracy 5. The Innovative Bureaucracy Part 2: The Science-Based Bureaucracy 6. Bureaucracy in an Age of Fluidity: A Vitalist View

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology

This innovative series explores the role of innovation and innovation management and technological advances from an organizational perspective. This series brings together theories from a wide range of individual disciplines and examines both the internal understanding and management and also an external, shareholder perspective. Routledge Studies in Innovation, Organizations and Technology (RIOT!) features cutting -edge research addressing all the major issues in business and management today, helping to define and advance the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS000000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / General
BUS020000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUS025000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship