Bureaucracy Is Dead, Long Live Bureaucracy: A Review for Taking Stock and Moving Forward

Pedro Monteiro, Paul S. Adler

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The present review aims to redress the growing gap between the receding discourse on bureaucracy and bureaucracy’s persistent reality by clarifying conceptual issues. In doing so, we aim to renew and expand our understanding of bureaucracy as a dominant feature of our organizational landscape. First, we review the organizational research and find three main perspectives of research on bureaucracy, which emerged in succession but persist in parallel. Turning to the state of contemporary research, we note several factors that help explain the shrinking scholarly attention devoted to bureaucracy and the resulting difficulty in making sense of new trends like uberization and holacracy. We conclude by offering four strategies for overcoming these shortcomings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021: Bringing the Manager Back in Management - Online, Virtual, Online
Duration: 29 Jul 20214 Aug 2021
Conference number: 81


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address
SeriesAcademy of Management Proceedings

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