The honour principle in the Bureaucratic Phenomenon

Philippe d’Iribarne, Organization Studies, n° 15/1, 1994, p. 81-97.

The aim of the paper is to confront two models of the French pattern of action: the well-known ‘bureaucratic’ model, depicted by Michel Crozier, and a model which emphasizes the persistence within modern French organizations of what Montesquieu called the honour principle. This model is tested successfully against the ethnographical material presented in The Bureaucratic Phenomenon. In addition, the paper explains, using a semiotic approach to culture, how a mode of functioning said to be archaic can persist in the long run.

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