machine bureaucracies

In machine bureaucracies work processes are standardized. An expert decides what this process will look like, so individuals do not have decision making power.
In context: Examples of how public education has attempted to become more like a machine bureaucracy include ““teacher proof” curriculum, incentive pay schemes, and promoting test scores as the primary indicator of school effectiveness” (Bolman & Deal, 2003, p. 76).


For further reading: Boleman & Deal (2003), p. 75 - 76.