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How Organizations Thrive in Unpredictable Times

Bill Joiner, Costas Andriopoulos, Haridimos Tsoukas, Mary Yoko Brannen, Terry Mughan, Alec Cram, Susan Newell, Constantinos Markides, Daniel Oyon, Mael Schnegg, David Oliver, Loizos Heracleous, Christina Wawarta, Edward Krubasik, Christiane Prange, Douglas Terrier, Steven Gonzalez, David Schoch, Ard Weiher, Tom Doctoroff, Robert Marshak, Oliver Fischer, Katrin Adt
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108424202


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  • In recent years, the concept of agility has captured the executive imagination, and leaders in a variety of industries and companies of all sizes are now searching for ideas on how to effectively utilize agile thinking. This book provides insights on agility from world-class experts on leadership, strategy and organization, alongside seasoned practitioners who have successfully implemented agility programs for companies such as Daimler, Ford Motor Company, J. W. Thompson, Siemens, and NASA. By combining theoretical expertise with a variety of managerial experiences, it provides a wide-ranging yet succinct guide for companies seeking to engage in the transformative journey towards becoming more agile. As such, it will be of great use and interest to executives in all industries, executive education participants and consultants, M.B.A. students and researchers interested in agile. Agility.X prepares leaders for managing under uncertainty and organizations for thriving in turbulent environments.

    • Combines theoretical expertise with a variety of managerial experiences, presenting a lively, readable account for practitioners interested in learning about 'real-life' agility, backed up with substantial conceptual foundations to ignite thinking
    • Includes interviews with top executives from a variety of industries, giving practical insights into the ways in which executives deal with agility challenges
    • Combines insights from a wide range of managerial functions and perspectives, such as control, branding, and leadership, illustrating the importance of a multi-functional view of agility
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    'With Agility.X, this collection takes thinking on agility to the next level. Whereas in the past the focus was on making existing organizations more agile, Agility.X is about more fundamental change in organizational scope and competitive advantage. Illustrated with vivid examples from classical orchestral concerts for toddlers to NASA's Johnson Space Center, this collection is full of practical guidance on the implications of Agility X for leadership, strategy and organization design.' Richard Whittington, Saïd Business School and New College, University of Oxford

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108424202
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Agile Leadership:
    1. Leadership agility for strategic agility Bill Joiner
    2. Strategic agility requires leaders with an ambidextrous mindset Costas Andriopoulos
    3. From agility to antifragility – coping with the unknowable Haridimos Tsoukas
    4. Strategic agility: the critical role of language Mary Yoko Brannen and Terry Mughan
    Part II. Agile Strategy and Design:
    5. Examining agile development as a management fashion Alec Cram and Susan Newell
    6. Using management control systems to support agility Constantinos Markides, Daniel Oyon and Mael Schnegg
    7. Playfulness and agile strategizing David Oliver and Loizos Heracleous
    8. Organizational design for agility Christina Wawarta andLoizos Heracleous
    Part III. Agility in Practice:
    9. Agility, innovation, technological disruption: how to better deal with uncertainty Edward Krubasik and Christiane Prange
    10. Journey to agility at NASA's Johnson Space Center Douglas Terrier, Loizos Heracleous and Steven Gonzalez
    11. Agility means pivoting and quickly reacting to changes David Schoch and Christiane Prange
    12. Axel Springer ideas engineering: creating the digital future through agile innovation Ard Weiher and Christiane Prange
    13. Agile thinking in China – experiences from a 30-year career in advertising Tom Doctoroff and Christiane Prange
    14. Language and organizational agility in practice Robert Marshak and Loizos Heracleous
    15. Agility at Daimler Oliver Fischer and Katrin Adt
    Concluding comments: beyond Agility.X.

  • Editors

    Christiane Prange, Tongji University, China
    Christiane Prange is Professor of Global Strategy at Tongji University, China and Director of the AgileVentureLab, a think tank researching and helping companies to better cope with ambiguity and unpredictability. In the last twenty years, she has consulted numerous multinational companies on internationalization strategies, global innovation management, and agility. Her research has been published in six books and numerous research papers in leading journals, such as, Organization Studies, the Journal of World Business, International Business Review, and others.

    Loizos Heracleous, University of Warwick
    Loizos Heracleous is Professor of Strategy and Organization at Warwick Business School (where he has received a DSc for lifetime contributions to his field) and Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College and the Said Business School at Oxford University. His research on strategic management and organization change and development has been published in six books, including Strategy and Organization (Cambridge, 2003); Discourse, Interpretation, Organization (Cambridge, 2006); and Crafting Strategy (Cambridge, 2011). He has also written over sixty-five research papers in leading periodicals and his writings have been honored by several awards including three Best Paper Awards from the US Academy of Management and three research awards from Emerald.


    Bill Joiner, Costas Andriopoulos, Haridimos Tsoukas, Mary Yoko Brannen, Terry Mughan, Alec Cram, Susan Newell, Constantinos Markides, Daniel Oyon, Mael Schnegg, David Oliver, Loizos Heracleous, Christina Wawarta, Edward Krubasik, Christiane Prange, Douglas Terrier, Steven Gonzalez, David Schoch, Ard Weiher, Tom Doctoroff, Robert Marshak, Oliver Fischer, Katrin Adt

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