Small Business Wisdom – Bureaucracy

The US economist and writer Francis Fukuyama said about bureaucracy,

” Large, rigid bureaucracies, which sought to control everything….have been undermined by the shift towards a knowledge-based economy, which serves to “empower” individuals by giving them access to information.”

Other had the following to say about bureaucracy:

  • Few great men could pass Personnel.Paul Goodman, US educator and writer
  • Gradually I contracted the chart fever. Harvey Firestone, US Founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber
  • A committee is a cul-de-sac, down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.Barnett Cocks, British author.
  • The giant power wielded by pygmies.Honoré de Balzac, French writer.
  • A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.Dean Acheson, US statesman.

And the US writer, sociologist and feminist Barbara Ehrenreich may still be hoping:

It seems to me that there must be an ecological limit to the number of paper pushers the earth can sustain.

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