Bureaucracy: Max Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management


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Why did Max Weber believe that informal organizations and family businesses would be potentially unsuccessful?

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1. Susan has just been hired for a competitive job in a corporation because she is a close friend of the CEO. In this example, the employer has failed to follow which of Weber's principles?

2. According to Max Weber, how should employees be aligned with organizational tasks in a non-personal organization?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the hierarchy of management preferred by Max Weber and what its defining characteristics are. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include Weber's views on personality.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • The term denoting the non-personal view of organizations with rules and regulations
  • Whether personality is the best source of authority, according to Weber
  • What the division of labor and work specialization allows for in an organization
  • The purpose of formal written records
  • The characteristics of a bureaucracy

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as bureaucracy and division of labor
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Weber's theory of impersonal management
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding Weber's views on personality and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about bureaucracies

Additional Learning

To learn more about Weber's beliefs, review the corresponding lesson on Weber's Theory of Impersonal Management. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how bureaucracy developed
  • Review the characteristics of bureaucratic organizations
  • Explore examples of these characteristics in action