What 280 Executives Said They Face

What 280 Executives Said They Face

Turbulence ahead.

That’s one key message I learned while writing the inaugural issue of The VUCA Report™, which outlines findings from an ongoing study I’m spearheading here through The Strategic Agility Institute.

This study essentially focuses on two elements: (a) the forces of change that executives face and (b) what they’re doing about it. We were fortunate to have had 280 responses 

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Recent Agility Research: March 15, 2016

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar recently. 

Determination of Sustainable Business Strategies during Recession: An Indian Perspective
By: Pritpal Bhuller

In the pursuit of global growth to enhance profitability, and a continual creation of interoperable synchronization of ambitious business strategies with sustainable business strategies, it is essential for the organisations to distinctively synergize the business in the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. The financial recession of 2007-08, which started in US but encompassed most of the economies gradually has fostered the idea of formulating sustainable strategies which would safeguard the interests of the organization even during the times of economic meltdown. Indovation and diversification of business has emerged as a new tool for survival during economic slowdown. Suggestions have been made to the corporate world about focusing on those sustainable business strategies that make their fundamentals strong and help them in surviving even in economic slowdown on the basis of the findings of the analysis.

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Jam Your Way to Creativity, Community and Transcendence

Jam Your Way to Creativity, Community and Transcendence

“Jamming experiences are worthy of study because they are an often ecstatic way of balancing autonomy and interdependence in organizing. As such, they offer a different route, other than reciprocal disclosure, to community.” (Eisenberg, 1999, p. 139)

Upon reading that for the first time in 2007, I—along with several of my fellow doctoral classmates at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte—concluded that the author was probably—no, most certainly—high. 

Such sentences, we thought at the time, were likely only constructed under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. 

But before long,

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This Week in Agility Research: Feb. 4, 2016

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Review: Organizational Intelligence and Organizational Agility
By: Elham Nekahi and Ahmad Mehrabian

The creation of the world and its over time has shown that everything is in motion and the motion in the nature of phenomena. Necessary to adapt this changing of world is that man can make changes to fit it in. Acceptance of the changes is necessary for innovation, invention and improvement of life, improves the organization and in general is human evolution. Hence, the growing acceptance of any changes required for human life and an integral part of any organization and is recognized as a sustainable phenomenon. The aim of this study was

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Can HR Drive High Reliability?

Can HR Drive High Reliability?

Positive thinking is sometimes overrated. In fact, too much positive thinking can be disastrous. While optimism can help people and organizations bounce back from tough times, when allowed to dominate the psyche during good times, it can blind us to the possibility of what could go wrong.

It’s important, periodically, to think creatively about potential doom.

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This Week in Agility Research: Jan. 6, 2016

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Proposal of Organization Framework Model, using Business Processes and Hierarchical Patterns to provide Agility and Flexibility in Competitiveness Environments
By: Oswaldo Luiz Agostinhoa

This article proposes the development of the Organization Framework with the intention of reduction or even the elimination of the dichotomy between the Pyramidal Management and Business Processes Management models, searching the necessary close association between these two administration models. The adoption of the Organization Framework tends to provide more agility and flexibility to the organization and the easier approval of the Business Processes Management model by the superiors levels of the organization, mainly for business reasons, due to the increase of agility and flexibility, necessary to compete in the very competitiveness environment of the years 2000.

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This Week in Agility Research: Dec. 22, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

The influence of Knowledge Based Economy on agility of enterprise
By: Stefan Trzcielinski

The ability to use and create the opportunities in changeable environment is a feature of agile enterprise. Because the ability bases on the knowledge cumulated and developed in the enterprise than the development of the Knowledge Based Economy (KBE) should result in increase of the enterprise agility.

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This Week in Agility Research: Dec. 4, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Surveying the Organizational Agility on Gaining Competitive Advantage in Iranian Dairy Industries
By: Amir Merjani and Javaneh Kalhor

Nowadays by removing physical boundaries among organizations and countries, lots of organizations tend to be more agile and try to meet their customers' needs as soon as possible. For this mean, attending to agility and accelerating processes may create some competitive advantages for the organizations. 

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This Week in Agility Research: Nov. 12, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Key Success Factors in Multicultural Projects
By: Lent Bogdan

With global relations and international business endeavors becoming the norm, part of an agile organization spans from ensuring capitalizing on aspects of cross cultural projects. This article specifically assess project type, issues within the organization, and cultural diversity among project participants based on Hofstede’s Masculinity and Power Distance.

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This Week in Agility Research: Nov. 5, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Agile PM and BIM: A hybrid scheduling approach for a technological construction project
By: Radan Tomek and Sergey Kalinichuk

The phases of any project determine the longevity and success of the outcome, particularly in dealing with construction. The duration in some construction plans is amplified with complex designs that are often discovered well into the project. By pairing Agile Project Management with Building Information Modeling, engineering endeavors can facilitate more economic approaches to construction. This collaborative approach allows better coordination within project phases, reduces cost, and amplifies quality.  

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This Week in Agility Research: Oct. 31, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

A Fuzzy TOPSIS Model to Rank Automotive Suppliers
By: Amir Azizi, Daniel Aikhuele, and Fathi Souleman

If you are not in the automotive industry, you might be wondering why an article oriented towards this field would be of significance or application for yourself, your business, or organization. The answer lies within the application of agile concepts and a model that engages suppliers for a more successful business plan. For almost any business, the products, services, or exchange of goods to customers entails a supply chain that is a critical component of processes within the organization. This article provides an agile management of suppliers for positive outcomes and customer satisfaction.  

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This Week in Agility Research: Oct. 26, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Using Science to Identify Future Leaders
By: Kenneth De Meuse

A recent influx in assessment tools being developed and utilized by consulting, firms for the measurement of learning agility, has sparked research interest regarding the construct of this concept. Learning agility in itself is considered in its infancy compared to other theories within the field, and is identified as one’s ability and desire to learn, with a willingness to utilize the acquired knowledge for leadership challenges. While several consulting agencies utilize measurement tools for assessing and predicting learning agility for leadership potential,

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This Week in Agility Research: July 3, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Strategic agility of Korean small and medium enterprises and its influence on operational and firm performance

H Shin, JN Lee, DS Kim, H Rhim - International Journal of Production Economics, 2015

Abstract This study explores the nature and role of agility as a strategic intent and its 
influence on operational and firm performance. Combining field interviews with the literature 
review, we develop theoretical connections between strategic agility of Korean small and ...

 How Jihadist Networks Maintain a Persistent Online Presence

A Fisher - Perspectives on Terrorism, 2015

... After identifying three elements which underpin the Swarmcast—Speed,Agility and
Resilience—the article concludes that future policy to counter the dissemination of Jihadist content
must challenge the Swarmcast on a strategic level. ... Swarmcast: Speed,Agility, Resilience. ...

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