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Definition of the noun adhocracy

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  1. an organization with little or no structure
    • examples: the choice between bureaucracy and adhocracy represents a common dilemma | the need for informational flexibility can lead to adhocracy
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: organisation / organization = a group of people who work together

Alternative definition of the noun adhocracy


  1. [context: business] An organizational system designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the moment rather than excessively bureaucratic.

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Google previewOperational Policy Making for Professional Security (2015)

Practical Policy Skills for the Public and Private Sector by Allen Sondej

The adhocracy is a structure unlike the others. As its name suggests, it is based...

Google previewA Dictionary of Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Third Sector (2005)

by Helmut K. Anheier

Adhocracy is a management structure in which all members of the organization have some broad level of authority to make decisions and take...

Google previewC2 Re-envisioned (2014)

The Future of the Enterprise by Marius S. Vassiliou, David S. Alberts, Jonathan Russell Agre

The Adhocracy—An adhocracy is a flexible organization without a large amount of formal structure. Typically, employees of...

The adhocracy is the archetype closest to the net-enabled C2 “edge organization.

Google previewManagement of Knowledge-intensive Companies (1995)

by Mats Alvesson

Robbins considers that professional bureaucracies have emerged as an answer to the greater degree of knowledge required and that a professional bureaucracy rather than an adhocracy is a normal response to the need for sophisticated ...

Google previewNew Organizational Designs (1999)

Information Aspects by Bob Travica

To summarize, adhocracy is a kind of organization shaped by specific purposes, such as projects and customized products. Its characteristics are low for- malization, flatness, vague roles, the reliance on team work and employee cooperation, ...

Google previewOrganizational Behavior (2016)

by CTI Reviews

adhocracy: Adhocracy is a type of organization that operates in opposite fashion to a bureaucracy. The term was first popularized in 1970 by Alvin Toffler, and has since become ...

Google previewManaging Museums and Galleries (1997)

by Michael Fopp

Adhocracy An adhocracy is an organisational structure which is ...

Google previewKnowledge Power (2010)

Interdisciplinary Education for a Complex World by Alan Wilson

An adhocracy is a much looser structure – such as a management consultancy that is constantly forming temporary project groups. Model Our understanding of a system of interest, or a set of such systems of a certain type – economies, ...

Google previewDigital Organizations - Leadership Disrupted

by Ganesh Shermon

The Adhocracy is a decentralized form which is ...

Google previewGreat Writers on Organizations (2012)

The Third Omnibus Edition by Professor David J Hickson, Professor Derek S Pugh

The primarykey part ofan adhocracy is the supportstaff in researchand development, butthere mayalso bekey operating corepersonnel, experts on whom innovation depends. Unlike theprofessional organization, the adhocracy is not seeking ...

Google previewManaging Organisations in Africa (1992)

by Peter Blunt, Merrick L. Jones

Problems Associated witlt the Adhocracy The adhocracy is the least researched configuration of the six discussed in this chapter. It is a relatively new form of organisation anti there has therefore not been sulficient time for practical esrtetience ...

Google previewORGB4 (2014)

by Debra Nelson, James Quick

The adhocracy is a selectively decentralized form of organization that emphasizes the support staff and mutual adjustment among people. It is designed to fuse interdisciplinary experts into smoothly functioning ad hoc project teams. Liaison ...

Google previewStrategy as Practice; An Activity Based Approach (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Adhocracy: Adhocracy is a flexible, adaptable and informal form of organization that is defined by a lack of formal structure. It operates in an opposite fashion to a bureaucracy. The term was first popularized in 1970 by Alvin Toffler, and has ...

Google previewBasic Strategy in Context , European text and cases (2016)

Business, Business by CTI Reviews

Adhocracy: Adhocracy is a type of organization ...

Google previewOrganizational Behaviour (2011)

by Ray French

The adhocracy is a structural form that emphasizes shared, decentralized decision making, extreme horizontal specialization, few levels of management and few formal controls. Other organization designs include strategic alliances, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Governance (2007)

by Mark Bevir

Henry Mintzberg more fully elaborated adhocracy as a type in 1979, arguing its status as an important addition to the well-known forms, such as the simple structure, the professional bureaucracy, and the divisionalized form of organization.

Google previewA Dictionary of Nonprofit Terms and Concepts (2006)

by David Horton Smith, Robert A. Stebbins, Michael A. Dover

adhocracy which a *nonprofit group or *organization holds its activities. In nonprofit groups the *needs and interests of *members often dictate the timing of activities (on activity timing in *grassroots associations, see Smith 2000:127–128) .

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