Bureaucratic organization as opposed to learning organization is strictly formalized type of organization. Every action of the employee has been defined and described, and often innovation and changes in the processes are blocked by the management (due to resistance to change). In these organizations there is no atmosphere conducive to innovation and development of staff, often such companies can not flexibly adapt to changing conditions of environment. Basic features of the intelligent (learning, innovative) opposed to the bureaucratic (operational) organization is shown in the table below.
Comparison of bureaucratic and intelligent organization
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Author: Krzysztof Wozniak