chapter  5
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Organizational Structure and Community Policing

Much contemporary discussion of organizational structure stems from the ideas of Weber (1946) on bureaucracy and of Blau (1970) and Blau and Schoenherr (1971) on diff erentiation. Weber characterized modern bureaucracy as having a division of responsibility, hierarchy of authority, and educated offi cials who manage according to written documents. Blau considered formal structure to represent diff erentiation within the organization. He writes

In other words, Blau saw organizational structure as how an organization defi ned itself functionally, occupationally, hierarchically, and spatially.