A social institution that demands total commitment from its members and overrides the established separation of social life into different spheres, such as work, home, leisure, politics, and religion. The best examples of greedy institutions are religious sects, monastic orders, and revolutionary political parties. Companies that seek to develop high levels of organizational commitment and promote a strong culture may also approximate to this form, however, and place heavy demands on their committed employees. [See work-life balance.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.