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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (October 17, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393310841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393310849
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Waterman ( The Renewal Factor, etc.) defines adhocracy as an "organizational form that challenges the bureaucracy in order to embrace the new." The author, who worked in Japan, claims in this clear and concise study that well-led ad hoc project teams and task forces are the most effective means of bringing about change. The companies that practice adhocracy are Hewlett Packard, Ford, General Electric and McKinsey. By way of example, Waterman cites the swift execution by Chevron of its 1984 merger with Gulf--involving 37 project teams operating across the globe. Team members working under a project leader who is selected for skill in processing rather than for special expertise, the author stresses, should represent disparate parts of the company and include agents and clients. Above all, he emphasizes the need for strong executive interaction and support with the ability to manage adhocracy "in tandem with bureaucracy."
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Adhocracy is the single best treatment of innovation and teams that I've read anywhere. It's insightful and filled with practical information.” (Charles O'Reilly, University of California, Berkeley)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Owen Phelps on September 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
This small book packs a lot of insight into a very few pages. It points out the virtues of bureaucracy -- and then shows one how to make organizations function better by adding "adhocracy" to the mix. It also provides some helpful tips about why big initiatives so often go wrong in organizations. If your organization is contemplating any kind of big change, this is a book to curl up with for a few hours. After that, you may well want to get back online and order copies for the other persons whose participation is needed in the change process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By therosen VINE VOICE on February 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Robert Waterman, the quieter co-author of In Search of Excellence, highlights ways to make organizations hum. The Adhocracy is organized around solving problems and gettiing results, not functional organizations. The concepts precede the re-engineering craze, and are compactly written and easily accesible for any reader.
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The message communicated in this book could be communicated in about half as many pages, but let's admit it, if it were just a pamphlet we wouldn't take it seriously. That stated, Adhocracy explicitly and clearly communicates an important difference between the right way to set up a team to successfully tackle and solve an urgent and important problem and all of the many wrong ways. It also explains why the method works and why less-focused tactics fail. The lesson is so common sense it's hard to refute. This is a solid read for any participant or leader tasked with urgent problem solving or process improvement.
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