Bobs Meltdown (part 4)

The structure and attitudes of many managers fit well with Weber’s bureaucratic organisation. Looking at the underlined four main beliefs formulated by Weber for a “perfect” bureaucracy which are:

1.                  Fixed and bureaucrat jurisdictional areas

2.                  A firmly well-ordered hierarchy of great and subordination,

3.                  Management founded on written records, systematic and professional training,

4.                  Official activity taking precedence over any other activities and management of a given organisation should follows steady, knowable rules. (Koontz, 1961)

They fit well with managerial attitudes of concord machines mangers. As one manager stated what is needed is to “redraw the hierarchy and the lines of management responsibility and reporting. This is a pure bureaucratic attitude of management.

Manipulative attitudes

Leadership behaviour in work include; directive, supportive, participate and achievement oriented. Grant (2005) observers that type of leadership adopted will highly influence the relationship between the leader and the followers who are employees. The managerial attitude of concord machines is manipulative one, where employees are mostly manipulated to serve the organisation. This is confirmed by the operator who sated that “training and scope of individual development are not too good though, and the jobs you get can depend on whether your face fits the supervisor”, (Glower; Legge and Clegg, 1993).

This is a character of a manager that may be expressed by divide and rule tactics or policies. These tactics may include, not fulfilling promises made, encouraging groups and asking employees to be patriotic in times of crisis in an organisation. This character has a de-motivating impact on employees of concord machines. This has made the employees of the company to natural lose interest in work or to some extend, thus the underutilization aspect that is being witnessed in the organisation.


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