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HBR/McKinsey M-Prize: Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge

Creating Inspired, Open & Free Organizations
Start
Finish
12/1/2011
Challenge Begins
12/23/2011
First Round Deadline
1/9/2012
Finalists Announced
2/29/2012
Final Round Deadline

Winners announced!

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the winners of the Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge—the second phase of the HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation.

 


 

All the finalists

Here are the 14 finalists:

 

The Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge seeks to advance progress on making organizations genuinely fit for human beings—more inspiring, open, and free. We invite management innovators from around the world in every realm of endeavor to share the most progressive practices and disruptive ideas around: 

  • Making organizations more inspiring and engaging: What does it mean to build an organization in which everyone is aligned by a deeply-felt sense of purpose—and in which management assumptions and practices inspire and unleash imagination, initiative, and energy from every quarter?
  • Developing an outside-in orientation: What does it take to eliminate the gaps between “sense” and “respond,” to inject the voice of the customer and other relevant stakeholders into every decision, and to make the insights and observations of every individual—from edge to edge—matter?
  • Managing without managers: How do we reduce the performance drag of top-heavy management structures, replace “manager-management” with a more agile self- or peer-management, and replace rigid hierarchy with a vibrant social system?

Read more about the Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge in Gary Hamel and Colin Price’s post.

Submissions may draw on secondary source materials but should be based primarily on first-hand experience or an original idea. In every case, be sure to credit all those who contributed to your story or hack and provide citations to external reference material. 

The Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge will unfold in two stages: a preliminary submission phase (Deadline: December 23, 2011) and a final round for several finalists or finalist teams (Deadline: February 1, 2012). 

All entries will be judged by our panel of leading management thinkers and progressive practitioners, including: 

  • Colin Price, director of McKinsey & Company
  • Gary Hamel, cofounder, the MIX, author of The Future of Management
  • Tom Malone, professor, MIT Sloan School of Management, founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence
  • Eric Hellweg, Editor, Harvard Business Review Online
  • Polly LaBarre, editorial director, the MIX, author of Mavericks at Work
  • Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat
cristian-mitreanu's picture
A new perspective on human nature, particularly on human needs, allows us to develop a dynamic model of the organization and an integrated top-down-bottom-up approach to management.
By Cristian Mitreanu on December 10, 2011
joris-luijke's picture
The traditional directive style of leadership has been part of our organisational lives because it serves an important purpose.
By Joris Luijke on December 3, 2011
dan-bean's picture
To increase employee satisfaction, build trust and retain talent during a post-product cycle reorganization (reorg), the Microsoft Lync Test team offered its employees the freedom to choose what they
By Dan Bean on December 17, 2011
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Outside the world of academics popular culture splendidly captured the corporate imperative with the clarion call of “Show me the money!”   That demand is more incessant today with an ever i
ricardo-semler's picture
Retire-a-Little is a program that gives employees the chance to buy back one day a week so they can spend that time on other activities that are important to them.
By Ricardo Semler on December 22, 2011
vivek-pai-kochikar's picture
Employees’ hidden talent can give wings to an organization. Too often, management itself is the obstacle.
By Vivek Pai Kochikar on December 19, 2011
delisa-alexander's picture
Every new employee at Red Hat quickly learns about memo-list, one of the most visible elements of the Red Hat culture.
By DeLisa Alexander on August 24, 2011
ross-smith's picture
Shifts in global, societal, technological, economic, and socio-political trends will shape the future of work.
By Ross Smith on December 19, 2011
rahul-kumar's picture
Bureaucracy today has become a disreputable word for us, but bureaucracy was born out of a need to manage resources as organizations progressively became larger in scope.
By rahul kumar on December 1, 2011

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