Is Bureaucracy good or bad? #GreatMinds

Whenever we think of the office mode of working, especially in the Government, we are reminded of the word “bureaucracy.” Originally conceptualised by Max Weber, it is a term used to describe high specialization, rigid hierarchy of authority, elaborate controls, and above all – impersonality. It is a condition where the structure of the organization, systems, rules, and procedures are stringently followed. With respect to daily operations, a bureaucracy encourages efficiency, creates predictability and avoids favoritism. However, it is also true that bureaucracy is often considered by many as counter-productive. It is perceived as a cage of regulations from which no one can escape. 

Here’s what John Sculley III, an American businessman and investor, who was also the president of PepsiCo, has to say:


Let me know in the comments section.

In this ongoing series #GreatMinds on my blog, I am shining a spotlight on the important ideas that some very successful people keep talking about in their public life.


  1. Thank You for sharing this Sir. In my opinion high level of bureaucracy leads to less innovation, too much control and authority hampers the free flow thought process of any working individual


  2. I do not know bout other countries, but babu-neta raj has always stagnated growth of minds & new ideas in India. Intellectual, courageous, strong, bold individuals are truly responsible for bringing remarkable change in mindset and corrupt systems.


    • Very aptly described the existing state of affairs. Thanks a ton for engaging with my blog post. Sudesh – apart from being a professional help and support, you have been a true friend always….Kind regards.


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