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    #1

    stifness and organisations

    There is an idiom in Polish language describing inflexible organisation " stiff organisation's structure" is there such an idiom in English?

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    #2

    Re: stifness and organisations

    It's not an idiom, but the adjective 'rigid' would work.

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    #3

    Re: stifness and organisations

    And "rigid hierarchy" is quite a strong collocation:

    1 EE2 W_ac_humanities_arts to minimize all social, political and economic change among the population at large. A rigid hierarchy of hereditary, occupation-related caste was presided over by the warrior (bushi)
    2 EE2 W_ac_humanities_arts realities accorded less and less with formal appearances and official regulations. Nevertheless, a rigid hierarchy of hereditary caste continued to prevail both in theory and, to a large
    3 HTP W_ac_soc_science we have seen, the result was the emergence of social groupings resembling more the rigid hierarchy of the primal horde than the fluid community of the hunting band. Thus
    4 FAE W_non_ac_humanities_arts divisions would at least cease to operate in church, but there too Kerr advocates a rigid hierarchy : "The best of all systems of arrangement is to place the family
    5 A6V W_non_ac_soc_science Indian and Pakistani joint families, things are not so simple. There is a rigid hierarchy but it is not just a sexual hierarchy. A woman does, as
    More at British National Corpus (BYU-BNC) .

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    #4

    Re: stifness and organisations

    Another useful phrase is 'a rigid management structure'. As an informal observation between employees it would be 'Typical, huh? Too many chiefs and not enough indians'. (I don't know whether that's current in the USA - it's not as pithy if you say '...not enough native Americans')

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    #5

    Re: stifness and organisations

    "Going up the corporate ladder" or "to climb the corporate ladder" could mean to deal within a rigid corporate structure.

    PS: It would not be PC today to use the "too many chiefs . . "

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