Definition of adhocracy in English:

adhocracy

noun

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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This form of adhocracy also allows for effective use of individuals with specific interests in a short period of time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

1970s: blend of ad hoc and -cracy.

Pronunciation

adhocracy

/adˈhɒkrəsi/