Organisation and Bureaucracy - Nicos P. MouzelisLondon: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Plain paper dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a little fraying to the spine ends. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
From the cover: “The proliferation of large-scale organizations is a characteristic of modern society. Contributions to the theory of organisations have come from many sides: psychology, social psychology, sociology, political science, economics, and business administration. The output of written work is so vast that a newcomer will experience difficulty in making sense of the multiplicity of points of view expressed in organizational writings. The present study will help students orient themselves in relation to this literature.
The author discusses the writings of such theorists as Marx, Weber and Michels who, from a very wide perspective, tried to assess the impact of large-scale bureaucracy on the power structure of modern society. He shows that these classical writings and especially the Weberian ideal type of bureaucracy have become the basis of subsequent theories of bureaucracy. Dr Mouzelis also examines the other tradition of organizational writings which starts with Taylor and the movement of scientific management. Here the focus of analysis is not society as a whole but the individual worker, seen as an isolated unit whose activities must be rationalised in the interests of maximum productivity. Finally an analysis is made of recent theoretical trends which indicate a certain convergence of the bureaucracy and the managerial line of thought. The major shortcomings of present organization theory are pointed out, and indications are given of the direction future research should take.”