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Create internal markets for ideas, talent & resources

“Organizations need a resource allocation process that more accurately mimics the selection pressures of a real market.”

Funding decisions in corporations are usually made at the top and are heavily influenced by political factors. That’s why companies over-invest in the past and underfund the future. By contrast, resource allocation in a market-based system like the New York Stock Exchange is decentralized and apolitical. While markets are obviously vulnerable to short-term distortions, in the long run they’re better than big organizations at getting the right resources behind the right opportunities. To make resource allocation more flexible and dynamic, companies must create internal markets where legacy programs and new projects compete on an equal footing for talent and cash.

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Create internal markets for ideas, talent & resources

“Organizations need a resource allocation process that more accurately mimics the selection pressures of a real market.”

Funding decisions in corporations are usually made at the top and are heavily influenced by political factors. That’s why companies over-invest in the past and underfund the future. By contrast, resource allocation in a market-based system like the New York Stock Exchange is decentralized and apolitical. While markets are obviously vulnerable to short-term distortions, in the long run they’re better than big organizations at getting the right resources behind the right opportunities. To make resource allocation more flexible and dynamic, companies must create internal markets where legacy programs and new projects compete on an equal footing for talent and cash.

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Workers often find themselves too bound by deadlines and project expectations to have time to collaborate on cool, interesting, but less "high priority" ideas.
Hack by Vijay Karunamurthy on September 20, 2010
A shared space to which colleagues are encouraged to post divergent ideas and innovative solutions.
Hack by Silvia Colombo on June 28, 2011
Feeling recognized feels amazing. At work we started a recognition revolution with StarmeUp!
Story by Laura Alfonsin on August 17, 2017
Organizations create efficiency by choosing one project over another. But is that really the way to innovate?
Hack by Laura Cerruti on September 18, 2010
The idea is that employees no longer work according to the job descriptions, but they bid for each task.
Hack by Fanfeng Si on November 30, 2010
We are in a transitory phase of realizing that creativity is an inherent ability within all of us.
Hack by Atna on July 19, 2011
A colleague who I worked with 4 years ago tried to use the company bar, an existing employee perk, to generate an internal market for new product ideas.
Story by Daniel Pay on September 21, 2010
Facing the challenges of our comapny (mounting pressure, weak & uninterested governance, lack of centralization) our team realized that no singular solution could tackle the problem in its full co
Story by Bence Horvath on July 18, 2011
For anyone managing a website, optimization is key. However, it is not always easy to manage the optimization and create a site that is user-friendly.
Story by Samantha Hager on April 25, 2017
People are passionate, they love to learn and to contribute and to be social.  Our organizations are constantly looking for new ways to motivate employees, hire external consultants and experts t
Story by Kutlu Kazanci on January 16, 2011

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