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A revolution in management is brewing...

Around the globe, at every level, in all kinds of organizations, inspired innovators are staging inventive experiments to make their organizations as adaptable, creative, engaging, and accountable as the people who work there. In the past, it was difficult for management innovators to share their experiences directly with others — but now we have the MIX.

Dig into these real-world case studies of management innovation, and mix it up with the positive deviants who are changing the game. Have you tried something new? Share it here and see what others think.

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A dynamic collection of real-world case studies from the MIX community

My first real job was as a carpenter helper with Goodwin and Murphy construction company on a bridge building job on interstate 65 just south of Verbena, Alabama.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on April 14, 2015
This is Karen's story. In 2011 a colleague and I attended a presentation at a conference. The speaker had made a mistake but had not realized it.
Story by Peter Rennie on July 14, 2013
TANDBERG breaks the engineers' monopoly on inventing by bringing its leaders, sales people, channel managers and sales engineers into "soft R&D labs." Their inventions are new "moves" that ge
Story by Erika Ilves on May 26, 2010
First Line Manager: The Key to Greatness Is Enabling Not Delegating.I keep trying to get a university to realize first line management is different from upper management, to no avail.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on May 22, 2013
Since its founding 20 years ago, the Marine Institute of Ireland has played a role that straddles the realms of marine science and economic development.
Story by Dr. Peter Heffernan on January 7, 2013
Few stats may highlight the opportunities for North Americanorganizations expanding abroad than this one: 43% of Chinese consumers strongly agree that they trust foreign brands over their own
Story by Bryan Pearson on November 29, 2011
While the trend with most companies today is to block employee use of social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, Edmunds.com, Inc.
Story by Katti Fields on July 15, 2011
"My Customer" is the platform Best Buy created to unleash and amplify the powerful voice of its 100,000+ frontline employees to share what they heard or learned from daily interactions with
Story by Steve Wallin on July 14, 2011
3M takes its Markets of the Future process from a cloistered analysis by corporate strategists to a global Web 2.0-enabled event, tapping the collective insight of 20,500 3Mers in over 60 countries.&n
Story by Barry K. Dayton on June 16, 2011
Over the years I've participated in countless strategic planning projects, having spent several years as a management consultant and then as a member of the executive team of several public companies.
Story by Jackie Yeaney on November 10, 2011
What happens when volunteers respond to the call for “digital citizen scientists,” agreeing to use their personal computer downtime to run a program for solving the problem of protein folding, a key t
Story by shirley spence on September 24, 2010
Inspired by what Carsten Schloter told me once. Later I found out it quite matches Christopher Avery's responsibility process Once upon a time there was a dwarf.
Story by Bernhard Sterchi on May 1, 2016
How a team of innovation rookies stretched their imagination and found an unexpected solution from an unexpected partner.  
Story by Alberto Blanco on March 15, 2014

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