"... a bureaucratic-hierarchical organisational system is the least able to cope with sudden change. Its employees are accustomed to working within closely-conscribed bounds and its directive personnel to dealing with individual and mostly predictable organisational areas. Decisionmaking is delimited and initiative outside the accepted work area not generally appreciated. Conversely, in a disaster situation it is precisely the ability to take initiative in unaccustomed and unpredictable areas and circumstances that is vital.
The [UK] Home Office insistence that "emergency management arrangements should be integrated into an organisation's working structure" flies in the face of this observation, in that such arrangements, to be effective, must diverge considerably from normal working practice; as does the advice that "the activities of different departments must be integrated". Hierarchical-bureaucratic management is based upon the separation, not integration, of tasks."
- "Wither, Emergency Planning?"A deconstruction of UK disaster preparedness/ By Jan P Rockett. Bristol Business School Teaching and Research Review, Issue 2 (2000).
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