Léo studies Sciences of management at EDHEC, 5th top business school in France. He is from Picardie, he’s deeply involved in everything he undertakes, and always ready to starts new projects.
François is a student in Em Lyon, 4th top business School of France and also studies science of Management.
When we first discovered the book that created our interest toward new management models, that put the employee at a position of decision – maker, (Employee First, Customer Second, Vinet Nayar) we immediately thought that the experience described in the book was marginal. We thought so, because, at the third year of our degree of economics and management, we had never heard about those companies that chose a different way of managing. A way different from the ones we are used to see and for which our studies in Business schools prepare us to work in.
However, firms that choose to turn away from classical management models in order to move toward models more respectful of the employees and giving more sense to their mission do exist, and we see them everywhere. Yet, they are not known because of their management innovation, and even in the best business schools of France, we just start to hear about them.
When we talk about Management Innovation we talk about all companies that offer to their employees a certain freedom, a clear autonomy, and responsibilities. The concept that illustrate those management innovation are freedom-based companies (Isaac getz) or teal companies (Frederic Laloux)
According it Isaac Getz, a freedom based company is a firm “most of the employees can decide of actions that they consider are best for the well-being of the company without them to be necessarily imposed by their boss or any specific process.”
Utopia? Idealism? The experience some Companies are living now tends to prove that wrong, that those management model are realistic and realized.
Our trip around the world will allow us to see by ourselves what does happen concretely on the field and does that happen, for those firms that decided to move away from classical management models, where the limits have been reached. We will be able to discuss with freed employees, about their motivations, their vision of the firm…
Our goals: Help French students and companies discover an alternative. A management alternative that illustrate itself not by one model but by dozens. Every single firm, whether they are called freedom based, teal, or any other name, has found its own way to ally economics performance and respect of stakeholders.
France – Belgium – Netherlands – India – Vietnam – Japan – California – Québec – New York – Chile – Brazil