Adhocracy Vs Bureaucracy
40 years ago, Toffler said, ‘It will be a long time before the last bureaucratic hierarchy is obliterated. For bureaucracies are well suited to tasks that require masses of moderately educated men to perform routine operations.’
Bureaucracy makes sense where no radical change is taking place, but it stands to reason that a startling increase in change in the environment around us calls for a shorter life span of organisational forms. Likewise, hierarchy becomes inefficient when we need more info, more interaction, quicker decision-making, rapid action.
There are all sorts of psychological and social consequences of ditching traditional hierarchy and opting for a meritocratic society. For example, if you really believe in the idea that those with the talent and skill will get to the top, by default do you believe those who deserve to get to the bottom will sink and stay there?