October 11, 2016

Agility of a Business Organization and Its Performance - McKinsey & Other Top Management Consultants

Definition of Organizational agility

Organizational agility is the capacity to identify and capture opportunities more quickly than rivals do. (Donald Sull, Don Sull is professor of management practice at the London Business School and author of The Upside of Turbulence, which introduced the concept of operational, portfolio, and strategic agility)  In the article Competing through organizational agility
McKinsey Quarterly, December 2009,  http://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/competing-through-organizational-agility

Organizational agility is invaluable.

The Agility Factor

A few large companies in every industry show consistently superior profitability relative to their peers, and they all have one thing in common: a highly developed capacity to adapt their business to change.
by Thomas Williams, Christopher G. Worley, and Edward E. Lawler III
(Thomas Williams is a senior executive advisor with Booz & Company. Based in Ridgway, Colo., he specializes in strategy, organization, and management systems for energy and industrial companies.)

Defining organizational agility

Aaron De Smet: Agility is the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly, and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment.

Why agility Pays


The 10 Dimensions Of Business Agility

Enabling Bottom-Up Decisions In A World Of Rapid Change
September 9, 2013
(Access forrester database)

Traits of truly agile businesses

Exploring the best practices leading companies adopt to drive business agility.

Leadership imperatives for an agile business
Learn how the traits of effective leadership can create a more agile business.

The Agile Organization: How to Build an Innovative, Sustainable and Resilient Business

Linda Holbeche
Kogan Page Publishers, 03-Jun-2015 - Business & Economics - 288 pages

Given today's context of tough change, organizations need to be able to innovate as well as develop and implement strategy quickly and efficiently. The key to this is agility - a set of capabilities that can help organizations to rapidly adapt to changing circumstances. At the same time, resilience is also essential if benefits are going to endure over the longer term and if employees are to be kept on board. The Agile Organization focuses on how to build both agility and resilience at individual, team and organizational levels. It draws on a wealth of research, including the lived experience and learning of managers and HR and organization development (OD) professionals to show how it is possible to 'square the circle', becoming more sustainably agile while also enhancing employee engagement and resilience. The Agile Organization showcases the latest thinking - new organizational models, ground-breaking themes and case studies - that illustrate how organizations are addressing the challenge of developing organizational agility. Packed with helpful checklists and practice pointers, this book is a 'go to' guide for senior leaders and managers, HR and OD specialists who want to help bring about organizational transformation and create the new resiliently agile 'business as usual'.

Agility is a prerequisite for all organizations to survive.


Building Agile Enterprises



Innovation And Strategic Agility In A Time Of Recession

July 28, 2009 By Jurjan Huisman

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