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What is Agility

Handbook of Research on Information Architecture and Management in Modern Organizations
The ability to act quickly with a management effort in the accurate response to change.
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Informed Governance: The Objective Definition Model
Carlos Páscoa (Air Force Academy, Portugal & Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal), Benjamin Fernandes (University of Lisbon, Portugal), and José Tribolet (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8637-3.ch016
Abstract
How can an organization be successful if it doesn't have clear objectives? If it does not know where to go, how can it plot a route? An organization without well-defined objectives is like a drifting ship, goes along with the winds, wherever it blows to. Defining objectives is of capital importance for good organizational performance and success, vision alignment and goal focusing. Their definition must follow strict requirements that guarantee relevance and accomplishment. Moreover, objectives must be set at all levels of the organization, so that everybody tracks the same route. This research proposes an approach to the way organizations define objectives. Based on principles of Organizational Engineering and the Portuguese Air Force's top-down structure and Mission, a model is proposed that takes into account relevant organizational elements needed to guarantee the objectives' pertinence. It also provides strategies that can be used to align them with the management levels.
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Agile Project Management: Experience and Adoption
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Supply Chain Resilience
With reference to supply chains, this term states the companies’ ability to have quick reactions to sudden, short-term changes, like demand peaks.
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Cloud-Based Application Integration in Virtual Enterprises
The capacity of an enterprise to adapt (reactively and/or proactively) to changes in its environment in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
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Digital Organizations: The Social Business Contribution
The capability of an organization to rapidly change or adapt in response to changes in the market.
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Building Organizational DNA: Leading With Agility in the Digital Age
Behaviors and mindsets required to ensure teams can pivot and adapt to a continuously changing world, in other words, part of a modern way of working.
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Agile Holonic Network Organizations
An organization’s ability to adapt to structural and unexpected changes in the business environment.
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Leadership 5.0 in Industry 4.0: Leadership in Perspective of Organizational Agility
It is the capability of a firm, particularly in production department, to adapt the changes in market environment.
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Improving Application Decoupling in Virtual Enterprise Integration
The capacity of an enterprise to adapt (reactively and/or proactively) to changes in its environment in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
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Agile Information Technology Infrastructures
Efficient and effective response to planned as well as unanticipated change.
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Agile Development of Rule Systems
The ability to change the previously planned features during the development phase in a flexible way. Changes do not imply costly moves in the development process but are embraced by the engineers. Key features to obtain agility are short development cycles, continuous integration, and the methods refactoring and testing.
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A Resource-Based Perspective on Information Technology, Knowledge Management, and Firm Performance
Refers to an organization’s ability to detect changes, opportunities, and threats in its business environment and to provide speedy and focused responses to customers and other stakeholders by reconfiguring resources and processes and/or by developing strategic partnerships and alliances (Mathiyalakan et al., 2005).
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Developing Leadership Talent for Success in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
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Agile Management for Multimedia: A Case Study
The ability to regularly and rapidly identify potential opportunities/problems and to attack/correct them.
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Organisational Changes in the Age of Digital Transformation
Agility in the digital age refers to the capacity to detect and grasp market possibilities created by digital technology.
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Structural Data Binding for Agile Changeability in Distributed Application Integration
The ability to adapt (reactively and/or proactively) an application to changes in its interoperability requirements with other applications, in a timely and cost-efficient manner.
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Aligning Strategic-Driven Governance of Business IT Services With Their Agile Development: A Conceptual Modeling-Based Approach
The term itself can be defined in multiple ways pending on the context; it usually describes a methodology aligned with the values, principles, and practices as they were established by the ‘Agile Manifesto’ in 2001.
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BM_VE Architecture Reference Model for Concurrent Engineering
Is a capability for fast adaptability or fast reconfigurability in order to respond to the market changes.
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Digital Transformation Towards a New Context of Labour: Enterprise 4.0
The capability of an organization to rapidly change or adapt in response to changes in the market.
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Digital Management Towards Society 5.0: A Review of the Framework for Kurt Lewin Theory During COVID-19 Pandemic
It is the capability of organizations and institutional structures to develop procesess, and understandings quickly and at the proper time, taking into account the changing environmental dynamics
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Experiences, Perceptions, and Expectations of the Business Community in Mexico Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis
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Crisis Response and Management
Ability to adapt to uncertainties and changes of environment.
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A Review of the IT Service Design Process in Agile ITSM Frameworks
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Efficacy of Supply Chain Collaboration on Resilience in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Retail Industry
Being able to act as fast as possible and it has to do with speed, especially on information one has received.
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Effective Agile Project Leadership Through Competency-Based Self-Reflection
The ability of an individual or an organization to think, understand and react quickly and easily to environmental changes or challenges. In a business setup, agility is perceived to be dependent on the context.
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Company IT Standardization: Anticipated Agile Benefits
Ability to act quickly and easily on changing circumstances.
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A Holistic Approach for Enterprise Agility
The ability to move quickly and easily.
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Internationalization in Higher Education: A Case Study of an African Born Global University
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Beyond the Pandemic: Future Prospects for Libraries in the Cloud
A term used to describe the speed at which an organization can change directions to meet unexpected challenges in the environment.
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International Quality Standards Application to Administrative Processes of Higher Education
The ability for organizations to respond to change or environmental impact without major loss.
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Learning Agility of Leaders in the Context of Sustainable Organizations: A Conceptual Evaluation
It is to have the knowledge, experience, and ability to provide fast, dynamic, and accurate responses to changes.
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