Corollary to the Iron Law of Bureaucracy

Those dedicated to the propagation of the organization itself at the expense of its original purpose will be strongly inclined to seek out and socially punish activities which serve that original purpose, because the greatest threat to their institutional power is the possibility that high performers will wield the prestige which naturally accrues to them as influence on behalf of the organization’s original purpose.

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7 Responses to Corollary to the Iron Law of Bureaucracy

  1. Mycroft Jones says:

    Truth.

  2. Jerry rather missed the boat there. There are not, as he surmised, two kinds of people within a bureaucracy, but four. The other two include those who work neither for the mission/goals of the bureaucracy nor to advance the bureaucracy, but only for themselves, and those who do no work at all. It is at least possible that it is only the existence of the latter group that makes living in a highly bureaucratized society remotely tolerable.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      >Jerry rather missed the boat there.

      I think he did okay for being the first one there. What we’re doing is improving on a good idea.

      >It is at least possible that it is only the existence of the latter group that makes living in a highly bureaucratized society remotely tolerable.

      As long as you’re not on the factory floor making sausage, yes.

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