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.

I am especially interested in current efforts to reform the welfare state in the UK.

By Liliana Pop on April 6, 2022

Bureaucracy pervades all areas of operations in my organization. This is due to compliance mandated by the state and other external entities, limited resources that everyone competes for, productivity and quality expectations that are set by the top management, as well as the need to avoid any legal challenges in...

By Kaushal Chari on April 6, 2022

In order to be successful, companies need to become much quicker and more nimble. Bureaucracy is seen at every level of an organization and is an obvious impediment to speed & agility. Bureaucracy also stifles innovation. While there are processes within a company that rely upon standardization for speed, there...

By Terry Bennett on April 5, 2022

Creation of new departments with similar responsibilities that already have others.

Prioritization of formalities over substance.

Lack of interest of people in the "output" or "results"; everybody just trying to "survive" working as less as possible.

Wherever hierarchical, vertical structures exist. For me, at University. The dutch education council (2013) stated that
“Our society needs skills such as creativity, problem-solving capacity, collaboration, cultural and moral sensitivity, care and professionalism. In order to develop...the optimal opportunities in life, we need more appreciation for the development of...

By Franziska on April 2, 2022

"I’ve seen far too many projects fail because the execution and commitment to move true innovation forward takes a long time. For many organizations, this requires them to free themselves from the bureaucratic details and measurements. Short-term planning and maintaining the status quo, to put it simply, stifle innovation so...

By Achim Muellers on April 3, 2022

First, I think we need to re-think the language of ‘Busting the bureaucracy'. The language and the mindsets we bring to the problem of bureaucracy are important. Bureaucracy - hierarchy will repel attempts to "bust it". For those seeking sustainable change, ‘means and ends’ are important - or to paraphrase...

By Peter Rennie on April 3, 2022