Being an observation about the nature of bureaucracy:

In a well-functioning bureaucracy, no decision of any importance shall be made until it has been elevated sufficiently that the person making it has little enough knowledge of and interest in the issues as to render the decision inoperative by the people who can understand it and are at the level where it must be carried out; the only exception to this rule shall occur when the decision is critical enough and delayed long enough that a person at a low enough level of responsibility must make it on an emergency basis without all the facts at his or her disposal and without sufficient authority to carry it out effectively.

(Persons knowing of a significant exception to this rule are invited to inform the site's owner.)

Last Revised: 08.02.03    Publisher: Joseph Gus Fitzgerald
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