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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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This is a really interesting story shared by my one of colleague Patrick Allman on how he was convinced that every company needs social collaboration at work while sitting in the stands watc
Story by Vipin Thomas on July 30, 2013
Learning agility is a business imperative for organizations to stay relevant in the marketOrganizations should offer sponsorships and dedicated time to employees to pursue their educational interests
Hack by Daniele Pigni on November 27, 2018
Organisational flexibility is a much discussed topic.The purposes of this “hack” are:Providing a model which is designed to enhance organisational flexibility;Ensuring involvement of employees;Making
Hack by Fan Zhang on March 1, 2011
The mass retirement of organisations’ current leadership over the past few years, has and still is putting pressure on organisations, to re-examine their recruiting strategies to ensure that the a hig
Barrier by Busi Nkosi on May 4, 2011
It’s easy to get caught up in what we think needs to be done, today, and always putting future projects on the back burner. When we do this, though, we typically never get to those projects.
Hack by Marton Jojarth on October 8, 2015
Talking about Innovation and doing Innovation are different things.  Just as teaching innovation around made up problems (like designing a new kitchen) is vastly different than working on real wo
Story by Charles K Knight on May 15, 2019
This is a cost-effective and collaborative way to achieve two things: more efficient use of your company’s resources and a product that better meets the needs of your customers.  There is no reas
Hack by John Hod on March 14, 2011
Keepitposted™ is a young multidisciplinary startup; using a ‘Holistic Approach’ to finding core components of the greater problems within our current economic environment.
Story by Raul ML Louren on April 30, 2012
Co-Authored By Thys de Beer
I've been facilitating groups of 18 people from roughly a half dozen countries who meet for 3 separate weeks over a 6 month period. Each time we meet on a different continent.
Story by Kimberly Wiefling on May 30, 2013

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