In the context of today's post-industrial economy, corporate bureaucracy is widely condemned as obsolete, while radically different post-bureaucratic forms have long been expected to replace it. Yet many organizations today continue to be governed by bureaucratic principles. The present paper presents an actor-centered perspective on bureaucratic survival and persistence. Drawing on the conceptual resources of recent neo-institutional work on embedded agency, while also moving beyond the more deterministic versions of legitimacy-based explanations of form persistence, I outline a conceptual framework for explaining the different ways in which bureaucracy persists.

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70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010
Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), Erasmus University

Osadchiy, S.E. (2010). Bureaucratic persistence paths: The role of embedded agency. Presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management - Dare to Care: Passion and Compassion in Management Practice and Research, AOM 2010. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/89257