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The Bureaucratic Experience: The Post-Modern Challenge : The Post-Modern Challenge - Ralph P. Hummel

The Bureaucratic Experience: The Post-Modern Challenge

The Post-Modern Challenge

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Everyone has trouble with bureaucracy. Citizens and politicians have trouble controlling the runaway bureaucratic machine. Managers have trouble managing it. Employees dislike working in it. Clients can't get the goods from it. Teachers have difficulty getting a grip on it. Optimists argue that soon all of this will be fixed. The new Fifth Edition of Ralph P. Hummel's classic text maintains just the opposite - that despite all the current rhetoric from proponents of total quality management, corporate reengineering, and the new public management, it's still "business as usual" for bureaucracies. The persistent reality of organizational structure remains resilient in the face of feel-good trends and values. For this edition the book has been thoroughly revised and updated, with two key changes: each of the six core chapters has been trimmed and edited to consolidate and streamline the important organizational theory developments since the book's initial publication; and, each chapter contains newly added critiques of the postmodern theory of modern organizations, pursuing the theme that postmodernism covers up the persistent reality of organizational structure.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Understanding Bureaucracy
Bureaucratic Experiences
Bureaucratic Patterns
Modern Self-Critique
Post-Modern Critique
A Brief Survey of Post-Modernism
A Case in Point: Post-Modernism Meets Sewage
The Danger
The Politics of Good and Evil
Bureaucracy as Society: Loss of the Social
How People Act
What the Experts Say
Bureaucracy as Society
Bureaucracy as the New Culture: "Economics"
What is Culture?
What People Value
What the Experts Say
Post-Modern Critique versus Modern Critique
The Economic Culture of Bureaucracy
The Psychology of Bureaucracy: Organization as Psyche
Structuring the Psyche
Post-Modern Analysis
A Dis-Ease of the Soul
How People "Feel"
What the Experts Say
Toward Post-Modern Critique
The Psychology of Bureaucracy
The Language of Bureaucracy: Virtual Words
Speaking the Unspeakable
How People Speak
What the Experts Say
Bureaucratic Language
The Thought of Bureaucracy: Failure of Imagination
Thinking
How Bureaucrats Think
What the Experts Say
Bureaucratic Thinking
Aesthetics: The Rise of Know-How
Bureaucracy as Polity: Politics as Administration
How People Politick
Bureaucrats as Transformers
The Politization of Bureaucracy
What the Experts Say
A Way from Bureaucratized Politics
Epilogue: Bureaucracy, Modernity, and Post-Modernity
Bibliography
Index
About the Author
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ISBN: 9780765610102
ISBN-10: 0765610108
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 261
Published: 1st August 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.19 x 16.43  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 5
Edition Type: New edition