HBR/McKinsey M-Prize: Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge

Creating Inspired, Open & Free Organizations
Challenge Begins
First Round Deadline
Finalists Announced
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
orin-davis's picture
Instead of just assigning tasks to employees that end up being a grind, get to know employees and give them work that fits with their interests, talents, and motivations.
By Orin Davis on December 23, 2011
stephen-remedios's picture
If I asked you a make a list of high performing teams - the kind that deliver world class results under tremendous pressure every day, chances are, a management committee wouldn't feature.
By Stephen Remedios on November 1, 2011
magdalena-pawlowicz's picture
This hack is pinpointing some ideas for how companies  - which stand in front of challenge of rapid growth - should go about scaling themselves without losing their engaging, entreprenerial and e
srijayan-iyer's picture
According to Mary Timney, practice is theory-in-place and theory is practice-to-be, waiting to be enacted. Theory then is one’s understanding of the world.
By Srijayan Iyer on October 21, 2011
heine-de-bruin's picture
LSG Skychefs New Zealand with its parent company Lufthansa, is currently trying to implement and drive sustainable change throughout the company.
By Heine de Bruin on December 23, 2011
m-ns-edsman's picture
We’re all aware that speed to market with new products and services can be a crucial business differentiator.
By Måns Edsman on December 22, 2011
l-prasad's picture
If companies want to become innovative, executiveshave to undestand that problem solvong organizations have to be managed very differently from performance oriented ones.
By L Prasad on November 18, 2011
charles-ehin's picture
Increasing innovation and productivity requires finding the organizational sweet spot and expanding it.
By Charles Ehin on November 30, 2011
rod-collins's picture
Hierarchical bureaucracies are fast becoming obsolete for the simple reason that we suddenly find ourselves in a completely new world with a completely different set of rules.
By Rod Collins on December 6, 2011
erwin-pfuhler's picture
Atmospheric visualization opens the mind and broadens the perspective by employing sketches which are made during the meeting or workshop.
By Erwin Pfuhler on December 12, 2011
stephen-remedios's picture
The world has changed. The problems that could be solved by Edison, Lister & Einstein have all been solved. Today's world needs collaboration of the best, not competition among the best.
By Stephen Remedios on October 30, 2011
annette-kendall's picture
When looking for the ‘right way’ to manage our organisations and people, it would be naive to believe there is a ‘one size fits all’ solution that will lead us to the overflowing pot of profits at the
By Annette Kendall on December 15, 2011
chris-van-kooten's picture
An alternative approach to setting remuneration levels for employees, based strongly on employees own evaluation of what they are worth, and what they have done performance wise to earn any additional
By Chris Van Kooten on December 9, 2011