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bureaucracy

noun
 
 
/bjʊəˈrɒkrəsi/
[C] ( plural bureaucracies) MANAGEMENT a system for controlling or managing a country, company, or organization that is operated by officials who are employed to follow rules carefully: a government/state/federal bureaucracy These regulations have no benefit except to support a large government bureaucracy.
[U] disapproving WORKPLACE complicated rules, processes, and written work that make it hard to get something done: We need to avoid creating another layer of bureaucracy. avoid/eliminate/reduce bureaucracy
→  Compare adhocracy
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