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, retain competitive advantage and keep employees engaged.
EAN: 9781398608665
Edition: 3
Format: 235x155
416 pages

About the book

The key to retaining competitive advantage in a volatile business world is agility. The third edition of The Agile Organization shows how to develop capabilities across the organization to adapt.

With helpful checklists, tips and advice, this is a practical blueprint to building both agility and resilience at individual, team and organizational levels. It covers how to design agile organizations as well as how to implement agile models into existing organizations and people practices. There is guidance on how agility can be applied to talent management, flexible working patterns and the importance of mobilizing and energizing employees for change.

This edition contains new material on agile mindsets and enterprise agile planning, alongside how hybrid forms of working can enhance resilience. There is also extended material on how inclusion and wellbeing initiatives can support individual resilience and innovation to improve performance across the organization. Case studies include ING, the University of California, Berkeley, the UK National Health Service (NHS) and SNC-Lavalin's Atkins business. This book is an essential read for HR and OD specialists, senior leaders and managers who want transform their organization and build an agile business.

About the authors

Linda Holbeche is co-director of The Holbeche Partnership, and was previously Director of Research and Policy at the CIPD. She was Director of Leadership and Consultancy at the Work Foundation and of Research and Strategy at Roffey Park and is Visiting Professor at five UK universities. 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. She is based in Sussex, UK.

This is a timely revision of this insightful book by Linda Holbeche. The book draws on multiple perspectives and case examples to support why and how organizations and individuals should invest in building an agile organization. A strong case is built for how agility, flexibility and resilience are all concepts that need to be given equal focus by organizational leaders; the reflective questions and checklists presented in each chapter clearly support this.

Dr Christina Evans, Independent Career Coach and Educator