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The Agile Organization

How to Build an Engaged, Innovative and Resilient Business

Build an innovative and flexible organization that can respond rapidly to changing circumstances to retain competitive advantage and keep employees engaged.
EAN: 9780749482657
Edition: 2
Format: 234x157
344 pages

About the book

In today's volatile and ambiguous world, organizations need to have the capacity and flexibility to respond rapidly to changes in their environment, both internally and externally. The key to retaining this competitive advantage is agility, a set of capabilities that help organizations adapt with the full co-operation of their employees.

Packed with helpful checklists, tips and advice, The Agile Organization is a practical blueprint to building both agility and resilience at individual, team and organizational levels.

This revised second edition contains a new chapter on the latest approaches to agile organization design in light of digitization and customer-centricity, as well as new and updated case studies from the University of California, Berkeley, the UK National Health Service (NHS), SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business and General Electric (GE). It remains the 'go to' guide for HR and OD specialists, senior leaders and managers who want to help bring about organizational transformation and build a sustainably agile business while enhancing employee engagement and resilience.

About the authors

Linda Holbeche is an international consultant, researcher and author in the fields of HRM, leadership, change management and organization design and development. She was previously Director of Research and Policy at the CIPD, of Leadership and Consultancy at the Work Foundation and of Research and Strategy at Roffey Park. She is a member of several advisory boards, Visiting Professor at five UK universities, and a regular speaker at national and international conference. In 2021 she was named as one of the Most Influential HR Thinkers by HR Magazine and is the co-author of Organization Development, also published by Kogan Page.

In a fast-changing and uncertain world, agility and resilience are the critical capabilities for organisations to be able to respond and adapt. This book, now updated to include new organisational models and the latest organisational thinking, provides comprehensive coverage of the many factors that impact agility, from mindset and culture, leadership and engagement, to operating models, skills, practices and processes. A great read for leaders, managers and practitioners.

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD