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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Pathologies in de-bureaucratic public organizations in Nigeria
Author:Imhanlahimi, Joseph E.ISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Volume:62
Issue:1
Pages:121-137
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:civil service
public administration
bureaucracy
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/25734430
Abstract:De-bureaucratization is defined as a flexible application of, or a tendency away from, the limited rules of an organization, so as to allow for more initiative, adaptability, quick and adequate decisions, their adequate implementation and hence the achievement of satisfactory results. In Nigeria there is a call for de-bureaucratization, popularly called 'deregulation', as an alternative to the much criticized Weberian ideal type of bureaucracy. However, de-bureaucratic public organizations also display pathologies. These include inconsistency and unpredictability, informality and denials, unlimited or uncircumscribed flexibility, personalization, limitation of de-categorization/de-compartmentalization, laziness and goal displacement. Their manifestations, which include basically arbitrariness in rule application, are apparent in public organizations in Nigeria. Adherence to a number of enhancement measures will ensure better result-oriented public organizations in Nigeria to the benfit of the people and the happiness of organization employees. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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