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Despite FluxCorp being a multinational corporation, the amount of bureaucracy that I deal with day-to-day is usually pretty minor. That’s because I rarely stray outside of my job function. However, whenever I have strayed, that’s when I notice the huge bureaucratic machinery operating (usually) invisibly in the background. A couple of years ago, our satellite office purchased nearly a million dollars of lab equipment. We wanted to move some heavy workbenches from one room to another and was told by our Real Estate Department that it will take 3 weeks to secure a quote from local movers and that the cost of moving would probably be $3000. With that much money in equipment, we also thought it’d be a good idea to get a lock for the door. Unfortunately, Real Estate said they first need to go through a procurement approval process for the purchase, then send out a purchase…

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I recently read an opinion piece by G Pascal Zachary in the IEEE Spectrum basically saying that NASA is an obsolete dinosaur whose time has come.  We need to get rid of it and put all of that money into funding private ventures. Uh…no. Let me begin by saying I don’t completely disagree that NASA needs an overhaul.  NASA suffers from the same bureaucratic mess that is inherent in any large organization, whether it is a corporation or government entity.  Large organizations suffer from bloat and tend toward a certain amount of activity that is a waste of time.  On the other hand, a good amount of that ‘waste of time’ has been deemed by taxpayers as necessary: people also want accountability.  If you put an emphasis on accountability, then you have to expect that people are going to spend a significant amount of time doing things to show that…

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