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Robert H. Waterman, Jr.

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Format: Paperback, 128pp.
ISBN: 9780393310849
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pub. Date: October 1993

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The Power to Change

Adhocracy: Any form of organization that cuts across normal bureaucratic lines to capture opportunities, solve problems, and get results.

In an era of accelerating change, organizations, and national economies, most likely to succeed are those with the ability to adjust and adapt. Robert H. Waterman Jr., coauthor of the best-selling In Search of Excellence, shows how and what this sort of innovation must become a way of life for business organizations across the board. What is needed is an environment that fosters the use of an ad-hoc problem-solving technique, in effect an "adhocracy" that functions outside the often initiative-stifling bureaucracy.

Drawing on twenty-five years' experience in management consulting, Waterman offers clear instructions on how to establish adhocracy and make it work: creating task forces and independent business units, even two people meeting in a hallway to solve a common problem. A lively and insightful work, this should become an essential handbook for managers at all levels who recognize the need to redefine the rules for success.


"It is, make no mistake, the best management answer for our chaotic times."
—Tom Peters

"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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About the Author

Robert H. Waterman Jr. is author of The Renewal Factor: How the Best Get and Keep the Competitive Edge and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America's Best-Run Companies.

Table of Contents
1The Power of Adhocracy13
2The Right Start27
3Off and Running49
4Getting Results79
5The Context for Vibrant Adhocracy97

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