Definition of adhocracy in English:



mass noun
  • A system of flexible and informal organization and management in place of rigid bureaucracy.

    • ‘The attempt of late has been to create an ‘effective adhocracy’ as Alvin put it.’
    • ‘This form of adhocracy also allows for effective use of individuals with specific interests in a short period of time.’
    • ‘We also have adapted to the rapid pace of change by increasing our use of an ‘adhocracy’ model that enables us to identify and respond to issues quickly and efficiently.’
    • ‘Mintzberg distinguishes what he calls the simple functional organization from the bureaucracy, the professional bureaucracy and two other types, the multidivisional organization and the adhocracy.’
    • ‘He uses the term ‘adhocracy’ to describe the kind of collaboration he prefers: like-minded software developers, finding each other and working in ever-shifting groups.’


1970s: blend of ad hoc and -cracy.