The Busting Bureaucracy Hackathon

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Welcome to the “Busting Bureaucracy” Hackathon. Over the next few months, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with other leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world to address a truly pressing challenge:

How can technology enable tomorrow’s winning management practices and “bust” the bureaucracy that stifles most organizations today?


Help kickstart the hackathon by sharing your take on how bureaucracy (i.e., top-down command structures and formal rules and procedures focused on conformance) is stifling your organization’s ability to adapt, innovate, or truly engage its people. To get some context and inspiration, read Gary Hamel's introductory blog and watch his welcome video.

stephen-remedios's picture

There's numerous work-flow or IT enabled processes that have been created to bust bureaucracy. Only problem is that they have only succeeded in institutionalizing it!

stephen-remedios's picture

There are too many designations - Head, Senior, General Manager, Director, President, Vice President etc. Its maddening to have people depend on their designations to exert power and influence!

I found that bureaucracy correlates positively with the size of an institution and/or corporation: The bigger an institution and/or corporation, the more bureaucracy there is. Large institutions become increasingly inflexible and risk averse, because they have this unfortunate tendency to overvalue what they own and focus on what they may...

By Achim Muellers on April 1, 2022

Whenever communication and collaborations fails within and across teams, bureaucracy takes root. Bureaucratic processes and overheads are introduced to channelize communication. This eventually establishes itself as sense of power and authority. It is also a sign of trust and ability to collaborate effectively.
In my view, organization which are...

By Prashant Desai on March 31, 2022

I see bureaucracy in force when the focus of our work is abiding by a specific time window (730 a.m. 430 p.m.), instead of achieving specific and measureable goals in pursuit of strategic objectives. God help you if you're late, but it's okay to sit around all day with nothing...

By Jeremiah McCloud on March 28, 2022

What I notice is that many people spontaniously create bureaucratie as they are scared to take the smallest piece of risk and say; "No. That doesn't work, You can't do that". So even though there is no formal approval required, people tend to believe that there is. This counts for...

By Oscar Buijten on March 26, 2022

Detailed processes directing employees what do and how to act in performing their jobs, which creates organization friction

By Phil Weinzimer on March 24, 2022

Every department and working group has a bureaucratic correlation with each other that this is a kind of regulation which was memorized by all the workers.

stephen-remedios's picture

In the approval process! There are some forms that need 10 people to sign on them for a decision to be taken!

By Stephen Remedios on March 19, 2022
nirvana-cable's picture

Bureaucracy happens when people choose to follow the rules rather than risk thinking for oneself and risk losing support deemed necessary for survival.

By Nirvana Cable on March 14, 2022