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Operational Agility

Definition Operational Agility. Description.

Operational Agility is a company's ability or capacity to find and seize opportunities to improve operations and processes, within a focused business model.

Examples of the above opportunities are:

  • Introduction of new products or services,
  • Cost reductions,
  • Quality improvements,
  • Refinements to logistic processes

Specific organizational capabilities to be operationally agile include (Donald Sull in HBR, February 2009):

  • Accurate and detailed real-time market data
  • Focused corporate priorities
  • Clear performance goals
  • Control and reward mechanisms

Besides those mentioned by Donald Sull, additional organizational competences to achieve a high degree of operational agility are:

  • Flexible HR arrangements (flex working, flex benefits)
  • Flexible IT systems, Telecom systems, software development (allowing to make changes relatively easy)
  • Agile project management / change management approaches

Operational Agility Forum
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A1. Employees benefit from more freedom.
A2. Reduction in traffic by avoiding rush hours.
A3. Impr...
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  Human Agility (Individual Agility) - Response-ability
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  Agile IT / Systems / Software Development
In IT systems, there is a development methodology for agile projects and the goal is to build a system with the minimum elements necessary for building more quickly.
There is also a unified process development methodology that establishes...

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How to Become a Self-tuning Enterprise: Advanced Experimenters

In an HBR article of June 2015, Reeves, Zeng and Venjara argue there's a new way to apply algorithmic principles that enables organizations to constan...
Usage (application): Organizational Agility, Strategic Agility, Real Options, Emergent Strategy

Bureaucratic Organizations versus Dynamic Organizations

Nowadays, many organizations recognize the importance of being dynamic so as to quickly adapt to external changes. However, there still exist lots of ...
Usage (application): Organizational Development, Organizational Agility

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Organizational Agility: 8 Building Blocks

Henriette Rothschild of Hay Group explains eight 'building blocks' of agile organizations:
1. Is good ...
Usage (application): Agile Organization, Adaptive Organization, Organizational Adaptability, Organizational Flexibility

Organizational Agility and the Role of Information Systems

Presentation about Agility, specifically focusing on the role of IT. The presentation includes the following sections:
1. How do firms compete? Usage (application): Organizational Agility

The Essense of Organizational Agility

Giora Morein defines Organizational Agility as an organization's leaderships ability to take advantage of changing conditions and to response in a way...
Usage (application): Organizational Agility, Strategic Agility


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