Anurag Jain's Blog
Saturday, December 13, 2003

Agile Organizations? Yeah, rite.

How do organizations deal with the 'changed' environment? Its a well known concept in management that there's a time lag between the external environment changes (e.g. new technological interventions in the marketplace) and the organizational changes. This lag is even more pronounced in the case of technological changes. There's usually a big gap between technological innovations and managerial innovations. (This argument actually forms one of the pillars for my very own research.) Organizations take time to adapt their processes to the changed enviorns. Thats why the war-cry for flexible organizations etc. But, for all the management research crying out loud for the need of agility, are today's organizations really nimble? Well, the research proves that so far, they aint.

How are today's organizations -- in the world of unprecedented amount of IC technologies availability (think remote work, outsourcing, 24x7 etc) -- dealing with the change? The answers, my friend, are blowing in the wind!

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