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It has become a commonplace to emphasise the proliferation of large-scale organisations in modern society. This emphasis is not unjustified. As Etzioni puts it, 'we are born in organisations, educated by organisations, and most of us spend much of our lives working for organisations'. 'Our society has been called 'bureaucratic' or 'organisational'> as, in fact, there are very few crucial problems today which do not pertain more or less directly to its organisational features.