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Projects in Academic Institutions: Between Bureaucracy and Post Bureaucracy

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Rapolienė, Gražina; Jakubė, Aurelija

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Abstract Modern bureaucratic organisations are characterized by hierarchical structure, control and accountability. Post-bureaucratic organisations, which are widely established in the postmodern world, encourage empowerment, initiative, creativity and responsibility of their members while transferring control functions to the corporate culture and a clearly defined and comprehensible mission of their organisation. Despite the fact that the postmodern, or post-bureaucratic, type of an organisation that came into being in the 1960s is being increasingly integrated in various aspects and areas of society, including public institutions and universities, the question whether this type of organisation gains ground over the modernist type is still yet to be answered. This paper has been written on the basis of the materials from 3 focus groups, representing administration and faculties of one university, that summarise their seven-year experience of EU Structural Funds project management. The paper presents insights into the issues arising due to the interplay between different corporate values and cultures and considers alternatives of solving these issues.
Keywords scientific institution; type of organization; bureaucracy; postmodernism; organizational structure; project management; research; funding; control; university administration; social capital; organizational culture
Classification Organizational Sociology; University Education
Free Keywords post-bureaucracy
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 38-55
Journal European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, 4 (2015) 2
ISSN 2285-4916
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works