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The Agile Organization

The Agile Organization

How to Build an Engaged, Innovative and Resilient Business

Linda Holbeche

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Build an innovative and flexible organization that can respond rapidly to changing circumstances to retain competitive advantage and keep employees engaged.

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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 of The Agile Organization 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.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: Why Go Agile?;
    • Chapter - 02: Why are Agility and Resilience So Elusive?;
    • Chapter - 03: The Resiliently Agile Organization;
    • Chapter - 04: Agile Strategizing;
    • Chapter - 05: Agile Implementation;
    • Chapter - 06: Agile Linkages;
    • Chapter - 07: Designing for Agile;
    • Chapter - 08: Agile People Processes;
    • Chapter - 09: HR’s Role in Building a High-Performance Work Climate;
    • Chapter - 10: Nurturing Employee Engagement and Resilience;
    • Chapter - 11: Change and Transformation;
    • Chapter - 12: Building a Change-Able Culture;
    • Chapter - 13: Agile Leadership


In a fast-changing and uncertain world, agility and resilience are the critical capabilities for organizations to be able to respond and adapt. This book, now updated to include new organizational models and the latest organizational 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

A brilliant book, providing real insights into how organizations need to be both agile and resilient to thrive in uncertain and volatile times. Linda Holbeche provides a real how to guide for leaders, OD professionals and individuals who want to enhance these capabilities, which are so critical in a fast-paced technology driven world.
Dr Mary Gaughan, Programme Director, Imperial College Business School

Linda combines deep knowledge with a keen sense of how people need to be and what action they need to take, using a variety of thoroughly-researched and thought-provoking cases and examples, complemented by practical checklists, all presented in a clear, authoritative and engaging way. This is a great companion for all those who hope to build engagement, resilience and a sustainable future for their organization and people.
Michael Jenkins, Chief Executive, Roffey Park Institute

As technological and global advances disrupt organizational models at an increasing cadence, Linda Holbeche makes a thoughtful and compelling argument for successful managers to add value by infusing their organizations with an agile mindset.
Bill Reichle, Director, New Revenue Initiatives, University of California, Berkeley

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749482657
  • Edition: 2
  • Published: 3rd June 2018
  • Paperback
  • Format: 235x160
  • 344 pages

About the Author

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. She is the co-author of Organization Development, also published by Kogan Page.

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