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CHAPTER 15- HOLACRACY-STYLE MANAGEMENT: A SHIFT IN WORK PRACTICES                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Özlem ANUK
Cemile CETİN
Cite this chapter

Anuk, A., Cetin, C. (2023). Chapter 15 Holaracy-Style Management: A Shift in Work Practices. In B. L. Salvador Bizotto (Ed.), Academic Research & Reviews in Social, Human, and Administrative Sciences-III- (pp. 344-361). Ankara, Türkiye: Global Academy Publishing House.


The way work is conducted has evolved over the years, encompassing changes in its meaning, nature, relationships, its role and importance in human life, the value attributed to it, and the value it confers upon individuals. It can be asserted that the location, socio-economic interactions, inputs, and outputs of work have played a pivotal role in shaping the concept of management, transitioning from the traditional era to the post-modern age and progressing from the gains of primitive times to the assets acquired through today’s information technologies. Work is now perceived and experienced as a series of actions undertaken for the purpose of creating value, self-realization, and affirmation of one’s existence as a human being, rather than merely a means of earning a livelihood. In this evolving landscape, holacracy-style management, which introduces a fresh and distinctive approach to work, has emerged as an integral part of the modern work environment. It has undergone structural transformations, adapting from its roots in primitive communities to align with the management principles of contemporary organizations. Holacracy-style management not only articulates but also embodies a paradigm that sets it apart from its predecessors. It addresses the deficiencies that arise as a necessity to meet the evolving needs in the dynamic work and management environment, differentiating itself from conventional management practices that are commonly taken for granted.

In today’s world, the concept of work exhibits a dynamic relationship with both its past and future. It is believed to persist while undergoing significant transformations in various dimensions, such as its value, meaning, structure, and our understanding of it. This adaptability makes work a remarkably flexible and evolving phenomenon. Work undergoes change due to a combination of factors. It can be influenced by shifts within different societal sub-institutions and can also experience radical transformations over time. Indeed, work has evolved significantly from its origins in the hunter-gatherer era in terms of its structure, physical context, meaning, outcomes, time requirements, required skills, and the benefits it offers. These changes have arisen as a result of the mental and physical efforts put forth by those engaging in the activity.


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