An organization with little or no structure; the opposite of a bureaucracy.
Example Citation:
"One beginning point might be to compel the attorney general actually to manage the Justice Department and its investigative agencies in accordance with laws and executive orders going back to shortly after the Civil War. But other laws and traditions have given the U.S. attorneys considerable independence, making the Justice Department a scattershot 'adhocracy' rather than a tightly run, top-down bureaucracy."
— David Burnham, "The F.B.I.," The Nation
Related Words: Category:

New words. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Adhocracy — is a type of organization being antonymous to bureaucracy. The term was first popularized in 1970 by Alvin TofflerBob Travica, New Organizational Designs: Information Aspects , Ablex/Greenwood, 1999, ISBN 1567504035,… …   Wikipedia

  • adhocracy — UK US /ædˈhɒkrəsi/ noun [C or U] WORKPLACE ► management without a formal structure that changes easily with each situation, or a company that has this style of management: »Creative people are more likely to flourish in an adhocracy than a… …   Financial and business terms

  • Adhocracy — A form of business management which emphasizes individual initiative and self organization in order to accomplish tasks. This is in contrast to bureaucracy which relies on a set of defined rules and set hierarchy in accomplishing organizational… …   Investment dictionary

  • adhocracy — noun an organization with little or no structure the choice between bureaucracy and adhocracy represents a common dilemma the need for informational flexibility can lead to adhocracy • Hypernyms: ↑organization, ↑organisation …   Useful english dictionary

  • adhocracy — noun An organizational system designed to be flexible and responsive to the needs of the moment rather than excessively bureaucratic …   Wiktionary

  • Adhocracy — Ad|ho|cra|cy 〈[ædhɔ̣krəsı] f. 10; Wirtsch.〉 anpassungsfähige Organisationsform, die nur ein Minimum an hierarchischen Strukturen beinhaltet [engl.; → ad hoc] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Adhocracy — Ad|ho|cra|cy 〈[ædhɔ̣krəsı] f.; Gen.: , Pl.: s; Wirtsch.〉 anpassungsfähige Organisationsform, die nur ein Minimum an hierarchischen Strukturen beinhaltet [Etym.: engl.; → ad hoc] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • adhocracy — government in an unstructured fashion; an unstructured organization Forms of Government …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • adhocracy — [ad hɒkrəsi] noun the replacement of a rigid bureaucracy with flexible and informal forms of organization …   English new terms dictionary

  • adhocracy — Rulership by committees and task forces …   Grandiloquent dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.