It has long been recognized that overwhelmed employees of bureaucratic organizations use a variety of strategies to cope with demand for their services, often at the expense of their clients. One such strategy involves discouraging clients from taking action by making references to complex bureaucratic procedures and routines. While the public management literature has a well-developed research program focusing on the mobilization of such administrative burdens, organization theory seems to be lagging behind in the analysis of that type of misconduct. In this chapter, we explain how references to the representational dimension of routines can be used to discourage clients from taking action, what are the boundary conditions of such a strategy, and its possible consequences for clients.
|Title of host publication||Organizational wrongdoing as the “foundational” grand challenge: definitions and antecedents|
|Editors||Claudia Gabbioneta , Marco Clemente , Royston Greenwood |
|Place of Publication||Bingley|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Jul 2023|
|Name||Research in the Sociology of Organizations|