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Bureaucratic Structures and Implications for Organizational Efficiency - A Qualitative Case Study of the Swedish Police Authority

Willdal, Johan LU (2017) STVM25 20171
Department of Political Science
Abstract
In this thesis, the relationship between bureaucratic structures and efficiency is evaluated through a case study of the Swedish Police Authority. The collected material consists of semi-structured interviews with police officers from four different stations located in Region Syd. A theoretical framework that posits that there exist two types of bureaucratic structures, enabling and coercive, and which was first developed by Paul Adler and Bryan Borys (1996) is used to investigate how bureaucratic structures may affect the effectiveness of an organization. With the help of the theoretical framework, a variant of process-tracing and the social mechanism approach, the type of bureaucratic structure in the organization is analyzed. The... (More)
In this thesis, the relationship between bureaucratic structures and efficiency is evaluated through a case study of the Swedish Police Authority. The collected material consists of semi-structured interviews with police officers from four different stations located in Region Syd. A theoretical framework that posits that there exist two types of bureaucratic structures, enabling and coercive, and which was first developed by Paul Adler and Bryan Borys (1996) is used to investigate how bureaucratic structures may affect the effectiveness of an organization. With the help of the theoretical framework, a variant of process-tracing and the social mechanism approach, the type of bureaucratic structure in the organization is analyzed. The application of the theoretical framework, through the method for data compilation, shows how the bureaucratic structure can impact the functioning of the organization and those working within the constraints of the system. The conclusion is that there exist clear indications that the coercive type of bureaucratic structures has several negative impacts on the efficiency of an organization. The evidence suggests that enabling structures are important for the individual and ultimately the organization's development and efficiency. (Less)
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author
Willdal, Johan LU
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organization
course
STVM25 20171
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
police, organization, Bureaucratic structure, enabling, coercive.
language
English
id
8907443
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2017-06-27 15:02:45
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  abstract     = {In this thesis, the relationship between bureaucratic structures and efficiency is evaluated through a case study of the Swedish Police Authority. The collected material consists of semi-structured interviews with police officers from four different stations located in Region Syd. A theoretical framework that posits that there exist two types of bureaucratic structures, enabling and coercive, and which was first developed by Paul Adler and Bryan Borys (1996) is used to investigate how bureaucratic structures may affect the effectiveness of an organization. With the help of the theoretical framework, a variant of process-tracing and the social mechanism approach, the type of bureaucratic structure in the organization is analyzed. The application of the theoretical framework, through the method for data compilation, shows how the bureaucratic structure can impact the functioning of the organization and those working within the constraints of the system. The conclusion is that there exist clear indications that the coercive type of bureaucratic structures has several negative impacts on the efficiency of an organization. The evidence suggests that enabling structures are important for the individual and ultimately the organization's development and efficiency.},
  author       = {Willdal, Johan},
  keyword      = {police,organization,Bureaucratic structure,enabling,coercive.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Bureaucratic Structures and Implications for Organizational Efficiency - A Qualitative Case Study of the Swedish Police Authority},
  year         = {2017},
}