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.

Bureaucracy is the glue that sticks organisations in place, it restricts change- because it is driven to prevent previous detrimental change at the expense of future necessary change.
Bureaucracy has two elements, a) reaction to problems, and b) a human element.
a) In the reaction to problems bureaucracy...

By Julian Wilson on March 13, 2022

Clarifying roles and responsibilities

Requesting a technology project ( enhancement or new)

By J machuca on March 10, 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

Startups are supposed to grow, and grow fast. Growth means hiring more and more people, and bureaucracy creep is guaranteed to happen along the way, unless you pay close attention to it. You may even welcome it, thinking it will solve your growing pains, until you finally realize that it...

I see it everywhere - I work in the biggest one of all - the federal government

By Joe Starinchak on March 13, 2022

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

This may not be specific to an Organization but my experience is that all the Best Practices and Business Processes adopted in an organization are supportive to bureaucracy. Be it Delivery Process, Research Process, Management Process or Marketing Process they all have influence of bureaucratic approach in defining, implementing and...

University. As a metaphor, imagine the Titanic. The Titanic did not have time, even when she wanted to, to steer away from the ice berg. Collaboration, working together and especially flexibility are so important, otherwise one can never end up with the optimal solution. And the power of money: it...

By Franziska on March 13, 2022

Having worked many years in national and international bureaucracies I now organise in a bottom-up way and advocate for science-based Integrative Thinking, Integrative Problem Solving and Integrative Improvement to bring about Sustainable Development.

By Graham Douglas on March 12, 2022

Very much a top down bureaucratic structure. Very traditional with several functional silos and tight chain of command that works in a typical manufacturing laid /biased traditional organization.

By Vivek Paranjpe on March 11, 2022