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
carlos-kumeroa's picture
There’s plenty of material on the Internet about what fear is, but for the purposes of this Hack, let’s call it the ‘barrier to change.’ After reading a lot of great articles and books the message is
By Pumuka Reid on December 5, 2011
kathleen-feely's picture
Seven hundred thousand children were neglected and/or abused in the U.S.
By Kathleen Feely on December 16, 2011
claudio-brenna's picture
Regardless of our respective role in a company, you might realize how booked are our diaries at the moment we want to set up a meeting with a customer, a colleague, a peer or even our boss / coach.
By Claudio Brenna on October 13, 2011
douglas-ng's picture
As organizations grow in size and scale, their business models become increasingly complex.
By Douglas Ng on November 11, 2011
tara-waite's picture
How many times have you been asked if you’re crazy?Insanity has been defined by many great scholars, including the great theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, as doing the same thing over, and over a
By Tara Waite on December 4, 2011
buds-m-fernando's picture
   Quality is not a myth in government nor institutionalizing a Quality Government (Q-Government) a far-fetched dream.
By BUDS M. FERNANDO on November 27, 2011
jane-casto's picture
One of the biggest problems with all the layers of bureaucracy is that each one of those layers can (and does) say no, squelching every promise of genius bubbling in the organization.  Tune
By Jane Casto on November 28, 2011
jane-casto's picture
Amazed at the huge number of great ideas going nowhere in your organization?  Getting that first hunk of change to prove an idea (maybe just $10,000) can be a big challenge for a creative th
By Jane Casto on November 28, 2011
riaan-steenberg's picture
Bureaucracy - almost by definition - is when the process overtakes the objective.I have now worked at a number of extremely bureaucratic organisations and can attest to the following formula to break
By Riaan Steenberg on October 25, 2011