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Classical Theory StructureIntroductionBy way of illustration in this document we will describe and explain the classicalstructural theory as presented by Max Weber To highlight the advantages and disadvantagesof this classical structure as used in a realistic modern organization we will apply thistheroy as used today in our public police departmentClassical Structural TheoryIn the classical structural theory a person is hired for their technical expertise ratherthan on the recommendation of a connection from within the company Generally these peopleare more inclined to work in very well-defined process oriented positions Employees aregiven titles in which the authority to perform specific duties are vested Outside of thedefined position the employee has little or no authority Lines of authority and positions are clearly defined by formally established rules andregulations that help to ensure uniformity of operations and provide for continuity ofbusiness as well as making responsibility easy to place In his 10 points Weber impliedthat procedures imposed on all who fall within their reach are formal and impersonal Pace Faules 1994 p 30-31 In addition to these procedures It is suggested that anattitude of discipline is an integral part of the organization that wants to promoteefficiency Pace Faules 1994 chapter 3 They are intentionally designed withoutattention to personal or emotional considerations to prevent distortion of employeesrational judgment in carrying out their assigned duties Employees working in aclassically structured organization are encouraged to maintain distinction between theirprivate and professional lives The last tenet of Max Webers theory involvessecurity and advancement He held that security in a position was gained by tenure Formotivated individuals who want to advance their careers hard work and achievement areviewed in this type of organization as the best way to develop a good rapport with thesupervisor Because responsibility is so easily laid on individuals awarding recognitionon an individual basis is the ruleIn todays society even as we progress from the so-called Industrial Age to theInformation Age such organizations still exist The police department is a
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