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Say what you want about organized crime, at least it’s organized.

Which is more than I can say for a lot of companies I’ve seen over the years.

In the early 20th century, German sociologist and periodic insane asylum patient, Max Weber, came up with his theory of bureaucracy.

It was mostly ignored. Long story.

In 1931, two decades after Weber’s ideas on bureaucracy had hit the newsstands – or whatever stands they had back then – Lucky Luciano organized the mafia. It’s unclear whether Lucky read Weber’s essays – it’s unclear whether Lucky ever read anything – but he managed to create a hierarchical structure for crime that adheres to Weber’s bureaucratic theories.

The rapid growth of the mafia from that moment proved the validity of Weber’s concepts.

It wasn’t until 1947 that corporations began implementing Max Weber’s concepts as well. And so began the organizational hierarchy that we know today. The one that criminals had been doing well before legit corporations.

That’s the thing about the good criminals, they are always on the cutting edge.