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The Configurations of All-Edge Adhocracies: Hierarchies, Markets, Clans, and Networks

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: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226237015.003.0008
The Configurations of All-Edge Adhocracies: Hierarchies, Markets, Clans, and Networks

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Although adhocracies can explain some of the things in Chapter 7, they can’t explain everything. That’s because the internet marketing firm, like most organizations, is a hybrid of different forms of organization. These different forms can work together, but they are often in tension with one another, causing frictions in the organization. In this chapter, I discuss four different forms of organization—hierarchies, markets, clans, and networks—and define them using activity theory’s concept of the object. The internet marketing case illustrates the aspects and tensions of these different forms of organization.

Keywords: hierarchies; markets; clans; networks; object; tacit; explicit; internal; external

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Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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