adhocracy (noun, ad-hoc-ra-cy, \ ædˈhɑːkrəsi \)
Definition: is a business management philosophy that promotes such management characteristics as flexibility, creativity and employee integration, and serves as a contrasting approach to the bureaucratic management style as it represents a more adaptive structure that can easily accommodate to the changes in the organization’s external environment, giving it a competitive edge on the market. Companies that follow this philosophy encourage employees to display initiative and self-organizing skills, however, they have the drawback of being more difficult to organize and control.
In a Sentence:
- Since our company has a very small workforce, we decided to adopt an adhocracy structure. This approach will allow our workers to become more versatile and unleash their creative potential.
- As a former military man, Jefferson didn’t enjoy the adhocracy established in his office. He was a much bigger fan of strict rules and regulations and couldn’t stand the sight of his colleagues working without a set of responsibilities.
Synonyms and related words: adhocism, bureaucracy, autocracy, business philosophy