The $3 Trillion Prize for Busting Bureaucracy (and How to Claim it)

22 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2016

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Gary Hamel

London Business School

Michele Zanini

The Management Lab

Date Written: March 16, 2016


Around the world, productivity growth has stalled out. While some hope that a “second machine age” will reverse the slump, we think that wringing bureaucracy out of the economy offers a more promising and less speculative route to boosting productivity. By our calculations, busting bureaucracy would add $3 trillion to economic growth in the US alone. Dismantling bureaucracy won’t be easy, but it has to happen — bureaucracy must die. This paper provides a detailed blueprint for abolishing the bureaucracy tax in organizations and everywhere else.

Keywords: management, management innovation, innovation, bureaucracy, labor productivity, productivity, Nucor, Haier, Zappos

Suggested Citation

Hamel, Gary and Zanini, Michele, The $3 Trillion Prize for Busting Bureaucracy (and How to Claim it) (March 16, 2016). Humanistic Management Network, Research Paper Series No. 28/16, Available at SSRN: or

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