What Are All-Edge Adhocracies?

Clay Spinuzzi

in All Edge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780226236964
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780226237015 | DOI:
What Are All-Edge Adhocracies?

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This chapter illustrates how work has changed over the past 40 years, as organizations that were once institutional bureaucracies began to form institutional adhocracies, and later fragmented into all-edge adhocracies: cross-functional teams of specialists that organize around projects rather than departments. The chapter introduces basic concepts such as adhocracies and projectification. It also contrasts the characteristics of bureaucracies, institutional adhocracies, and all-edge adhocracies, explaining why these characteristics fit particular organizational objectives.

Keywords: adhocracies; bureaucracies; networks; hierarchies; projectification

Chapter.  7141 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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