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Clay Spinuzzi

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226236964

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226237015.001.0001

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The Configurations of All-Edge Adhocracies: Hierarchies, Markets, Clans, and Networks

The Configurations of All-Edge Adhocracies: Hierarchies, Markets, Clans, and Networks

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(p.138) 8 The Configurations of All-Edge Adhocracies: Hierarchies, Markets, Clans, and Networks
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Clay Spinuzzi

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226237015.003.0008

Although adhocracies can explain some of the things in Chapter 7, they can’t explain everything. That’s because the internet marketing firm, like most organizations, is a hybrid of different forms of organization. These different forms can work together, but they are often in tension with one another, causing frictions in the organization. In this chapter, I discuss four different forms of organization—hierarchies, markets, clans, and networks—and define them using activity theory’s concept of the object. The internet marketing case illustrates the aspects and tensions of these different forms of organization.

Keywords:   hierarchies, markets, clans, networks, object, tacit, explicit, internal, external

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