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Bureaucracies Our country is full of them but yet we do not even notice them at times They are called bureaucracies Systems of organization and control based on three principles hierarchical authority job specialization and formalized rules Sure there are the ones we know and think as being bureaucracies such as the government and the education system but many people do not realize the organizations they belong to and the activities they do for fun are still bureaucracies Such is the case with a baseball team A baseball team has all the fundamentals of a bureaucracy There is the hierarchical authority in the order of the head coach who has all of the power to direct and control the team Everybody else involved with the team has to answer to the head coach The head coach makes the policy as Patterson would say He appoints the assistant coaches and chooses which players to have on the team The assistant coaches would come next in line They have control over the players also but they have to answer to the head coach about what to teach The assistants also play a role in choosing which players should be on the team but ultimately the head coach makes the choice The bottom of the hierarchical authority line is the player who must obey both the head coach and the assistant coaches The job specialization is apparent on a baseball team The players know their job is to play the game the way the coaches want them to They are each specialized in the position they play on the field The coaches teach them how play the way they want them to play The assistant coaches have to be specialized in a certain area Ex outfield infield pitching etc while all of this is going on the head coach has to decide how to teach and play the game as a whole The head coach has
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