The Agility Factor: Building Adaptable Organizations for Superior Performance

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PRAISE FOR THE AGILITY FACTOR

“This is a breakthrough book. The authors have linked together long-term financial performance with strategy and organizational capabilities in a unique but very solidly supported way. The idea of organizational agility and the four components of agility provide a sophisticated but very pragmatic and actionable approach. They carefully smash some of the myths and fads of management that have been around for years. Rarely have I seen a book that brings research, theory, and practice ...

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Overview

PRAISE FOR THE AGILITY FACTOR

“This is a breakthrough book. The authors have linked together long-term financial performance with strategy and organizational capabilities in a unique but very solidly supported way. The idea of organizational agility and the four components of agility provide a sophisticated but very pragmatic and actionable approach. They carefully smash some of the myths and fads of management that have been around for years. Rarely have I seen a book that brings research, theory, and practice together in such an interesting and meaningful way. CEOs and senior managers will need to read this book.”
— David A. Nadler, Nadler Advisory Services; retired Vice Chairman, Marsh & McLennan Companies

The Agility Factor demonstrates the critical difference between strategy and agility. Strategy is taking confident action based on assumptions about key factors that are nearly impossible for mere mortals to predict. Agility begins with the assumption that, as mere mortals, we cannot often make confident predictions about key factors and therefore must act accordingly. Agility is strategy, without the ego.”
— Ian Ziskin, President, EXec EXcel Group LLC; former CHRO, Northrop Grumman Corporations

“To thrive over the long haul, companies must adapt to market disruptions. No capability delivers value forever. The Agility Factor delivers the next step in the execution of strategy, and is a practical way to change reliably and efficiently and stay ahead of the curve.”
— Eric Spiegel, President and CEO, Siemens Corporation

“Agility is the lifeblood of today’s organizational success stories. Leading researchers and guides Worley, Williams, and Lawler aptly illustrate both the need and the journey we all strive to follow. Tomorrow’s winners will heed these lessons.”
— Paul S. Viviano, Chief Executive Officer, UCSD Health System; Associate Vice Chancellor, UCSD Health Sciences

“Worley, Williams, and Lawler have answered the question of how to set up organizations to ‘pivot’, ‘adapt’, and ‘flex’ their way to success. Driven by compelling research, grounded in clear frameworks and presented with practical application, this is a must-read for CEOs and the organization development consultants that advise them.”
— Elaine Mason, former VP, Planning and Education, Viacom/MTV Networks

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118821374
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/11/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208

Meet the Author

Christopher G. Worley is Senior Research Scientist at the University of Southern California’s Center for Effective Organizations. He is also professor of management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Thomas Williams is a Senior Executive Advisor at Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) where he consults to large global companies on issues of strategy, organization, and management systems.

Edward E. Lawler III is Director of the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California and Distinguished Professor of Management and Organization in the USC Marshall School of Business.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1 In Search of Sustained Performance

Appendix One

Chapter 2 Organizing for Agility

Chapter 3 Strategizing and Perceiving

Chapter 4 Testing and Implementing

Chapter 5 Transforming to Agility

Afterword

Notes

The Authors

Acknowledgments

Index

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