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Differences between Bureaucracy and Innovative Organization (Adhocracy)?
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Dolan summarizes three 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: 1.FOCUS: - 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. 3. ORIENTATION: - 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 Adho (...) Read more? Sign up for free
 

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