by Polly LaBarre
We’re delighted to announce the finalists for the Management 2.0 Challenge. In this first leg of the HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for Management Innovation, we asked the most progressive thinkers and radical doers from every realm of endeavor to share a story, a hack, a disruptive idea, or an experimental design that illustrates how the web can help overcome the limits of conventional management and create Management 2.0.
That vision came vividly to life in the more than 140 hacks and stories that poured in over two months. The judges had a tough time selecting just 20 entries to move on to the final round. We looked for contributions with real potential to improve and offer up even more insights and impact during the finalist stage. Just because an entry wasn’t selected doesn’t mean it’s not a worthy and important contribution to the shared goal of making all organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. We hope you’ll continue to explore and build upon all of these ideas and approaches. (You can read them all here.)
Before I list the finalists, here are a few insights gleaned from the entries.
First, we were struck by the diversity of the contributions. In the finalist pool alone, the innovators hail from Scandinavia, France, Australia, Latin America, Japan, and the United States. They represent multibillion-dollar global companies, government agencies, software companies, cement makers, eyeglass manufacturers, retailers, insurance providers, and tomato processors.
That diversity is matched only by the deep humanity of the entries. While each contributor responded to the challenge to share progressive practices and disruptive ideas from the world of the web and social technology, every entry starts with the values — trust, freedom, generosity, community, meritocracy — that feed human flourishing. The more homespun, idiosyncratic, and playful the approach, the more compelling.
Next, if you weren’t already open to the notion that great ideas can come from anyone and anywhere, these stories and hacks will flip that switch. Again and again, leaders and in-the-trenches innovators made the case that creating the future is everybody’s business and the real work of management is crafting a mechanism for drawing out the hidden genius, collective wisdom, and unlikely insights both within and beyond the organization.
Finally, as crucial as individual autonomy is (from the small freedoms of where, when, and how to work to the bigger, cognitive freedom of what to work on) when it comes to creating a healthy culture of innovation, it’s just as important to strengthen the social fabric of an organization. The best entries offered up inspiring and instructive approaches to cultivating and supporting connections between peers (across all boundaries) and facilitating intersections between unlikely realms.
Now, without further ado, meet the finalists (in alphabetical order):
Massive Storytelling Sessions
Hack by Alberto Blanco, Alex Perwich, Jonathan Opp, Tony Manavalan
Innovation Live: Engaging 3M’s Global Employees in Creating an Exciting, Growth-Focused Future
Story by Barry K. Dayton
Take Off that White Coat
Hack by Sonja Dieterich
The Deliberative Corporation
Hack by James Fishkin and Bobby Fishkin
Wisdom of Crowds to Empower Beyond Budgeting
Hack by Michael Gebauer and Franz Roosli
Strategic Planning the Wikimedia Way: Bottom-Up and Outside-In
Story by Chris Grams, Philippe Beaudette, Eugene Eric Kim
The Colleague Letter of Understanding: Replacing Jobs with Commitments
Story by Paul Green
Everyone Innovates Every Day — Collaborative Idea Management at Ericsson
Story by Magnus Karlsson
Making Large-Scale Deliberations Better, Online: The Deliberatorium
Hack by Mark Klein
Entangled Talents: a 21st-Century Social Learning System
Story by Frédéric Leconte
Free to Fork
Hack by David Mason
Idea Market: A Stock Exchange Metaphor for Empowering Collaborative Innovation
Story by Maria Paula Oliveira
The Limits of Informal “2.0” Collaboration and Why Changing the Official Process Matter
Hack by Chris Rasmussen
It’s the Culture, Stupid! Hos Atlassian Maintains an Open Information Culture
Story by John Rotenstein
Shift Changes the Way Cemex Works
Story by Arturo San Vicente
Hack by Sean Schofield
Civil Servants Cut Through the Red Tape and Share Government Forward
Story by Kim Spinder
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