Characteristics of an Ideal Bureaucracy (Video)
Formal Organizations: Crash Course Sociology (Video)
“Living in a McDonaldized World” by Todd Schoepflin
Identify the components of a bureaucracy and determine the implications of a bureaucratic form of organization on social life
OER Text Material
Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, 6.3. This section defines the ideal type characteristics of bureaucracies, explains some disadvantages of bureaucracies and explains the iron law of oligarchy.
Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)
This video from Khan Academy details the characteristics of an ideal type bureaucracy and identifies some potential drawbacks of this structure including: stifling individual creativity, goal displacement, alienation and the Peter principle.
Summary: “Today we are exploring the world of formal organizations. We’ll go back to the historical process of rationalization and its impact on organizations in the form of bureaucracy and then discuss how organizations change in response to their organizational environment. We will also go over the negative consequences of rationalization in organizations.”
Everyday Sociology Blog, January 14, 2010. Schoepflin summarizes McDonaldization and explores the steady encroachment of the irrationality of rationality in his own community and juxtaposes it to independently owned and operated businesses.