University of Maryland University College
MGMT 610 Section 9041
The term bureaucracy became known in the late 1800’s thanks to a German theorist named Max Weber. Weber “perceived bureaucracy as a threat to basic personal liberties, and recognized it as the most efficient possible system of organizing” (Daft, 2013, p. 363). Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines bureaucracy as “a body of nonelective government officials; an administrative policy-making group; or a system of administration marked by officialism, red tape, and proliferation” (Merriam-Webster’s, 2004, p. 165). Within any organization there has to be a clear cut set of rules and regulations to adhere to. Who will determine these regulations and rules? The employees, management, and the board of directors will all come together at one time or another to create them. In my line of work, for personnel to have access to a computer they have to fill out a request form, have their security clearance verified, and take the information assurance (IA) awareness training course. Once this is complete, the form is provided to our division and then their account is created. As of a few months ago my place of employment went under contract through another company for the network and there have been numerous steps added to the process. Now employees must fill out the form along with two other types of forms, complete the initial IA training along with another training, then return the paperwork to my division. My division is now responsible for verifying that the paperwork is filled out correctly before taking it to the contracted employees. Then they deliver it to their information assurance manager (IAM) who once again verifies it. Then it is taken to yet another person who will verify the security clearance of the individual. After that process the paperwork travels to one other person who finalizes the paperwork. Once all of that...
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