Differences Between Bureaucracy and Innovative Organization (Adhocracy)?

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Anneke Zwart
Student (University), Netherlands

Differences Between Bureaucracy and Innovative Organization (Adhocracy)?

Dolan summarizes 3 main signs or differences between Mintzberg's 2nd and 5th configuration: Adhocracy (AD) and Machine Bureaucracy (MB). It's good to remember them because they are so common:
- MB: Those working in a such environment are more focused on individual performance within their own organization, thereby taking little care of results and effectiveness of overall processes.
- AD: In contrast, AD emphasize on fulfilling customer needs and improving practices; this in which conditions for professional orientation are present.
2. VIEW:
- MB has a more case-centered view
- AD takes a more holistic view of their customers.
- MB: The orientation of such professionals has to do with ascribed authority characterized by opposing factors such as secrecy and resisting innovative ideas; this is mainly because bureaucracy is less able to react to changes.
- AD is transparency- and collaboration-oriented
Source: Dolan, T.E. (2010). "Revisiting Adhocracy: from Rhetorical Revisionism to Smart Jobs." Journal of Future Studies.

  Bernhard Haidacher
Project Manager, Austria

Adhocracy (AD) versus Machine Bueaucracy

Very good - excellent and focused article. Can be recommended to everybody who is in line with this field....

  Susan Power Bergin
Business Consultant, Ireland

Adhocracy and Machine Bureaucracy

I believe it is basically on the onus of the company. Machines make people complacent. For example, when IT was introdu...

  Alfred Schut
Business Consultant, Netherlands

Differences Between MB and AD

Through the book Mintzberg on Management you can obtain a more detailed insight in the differences between the types of ...

  carlos narvaez
ICT Consultant, Mexico

Adhocracy and Machine Bureaucracy not Unique in Latin America

Excellent, thanks for your concrete and accurate description of three key points. I shall read this paper....

  Daniel Ceballos
Manager, Mexico

We Needed It, Thanks for the Refresh

Every one of us know it was necessary to remember this differences. Thanks for the refresh. May be when we read you app...

Student (Other), Ghana

Adhocracy versus Machine Bureaucracy

Anneke, yes the difference is clear. However at times it can be confusing how the line should be drawn between the two a...


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