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Executive, board and corporate agility

Executive, board and corporate agility

Coulson-Thomas, Colin (2022) Executive, board and corporate agility. Effective Executive, 25 (1). pp. 13-33. ISSN 0972-5172

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For people, organisations, communities and societies, agility in the sense of being able to rapidly respond and adapt to changing situations and circumstances and new challenges and opportunities can be a requirement for remaining relevant. Different forms of executive, corporate, board and network or supply chain agility can be required for a variety of reasons. Agility may not be easy to achieve and may or may not be desirable, depending upon its purpose and the situation and circumstances. Agility has its technology and human enablers, can have costs and consequences and may also have limits. Crises and existential threats in the contemporary business environment may require new forms of agility and relationships. They present challenges and create opportunities for individuals, organisations, communities and societies and give rise to aligned and shared interests, a requirement for collaboration and collective responses, and a need to consider agility from different perspectives and rethink what is possible. Our understanding and expectations of agility may need to change. Being quick, clever, adroit and dextrous at an individual or organisational level in navigating a succession of incidents and events may no longer be enough to cope with current and inter-related challenges. We may need to take a wider and more balanced, collective and inclusive view of agility and move on from agility to adaptation, and the systemic thinking, shared purpose, collaboration and collective transition and transformation journeys over a longer time horizon that are required to address an existential threat such as climate change.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agility; flexibility; collaboration; climate change adaptation; mitigation strategies; corporate strategy; Human Resource management; transformational corporate leadership
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Leadership & Organisational Behaviour Research Group (LOB)
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
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