Agility and Organization Development for the Adaptable Organization

In the face of overwhelming geopolitical, ecological, demographic, and technological change, many organizations are considering incremental or radical transformations to agility. Hallway conversations, board meeting discussions, leadership retreats, and corporate value statements regularly include references to organization agility and its synonyms, resilience, adaptability, nimbleness, and flexibility. However, the term is rarely defined and is often confused with software development processes, leadership characteristics, and other related perspectives, and there has been little discussion about the relationship between agility and organization development (OD). This essay describes how OD and agility are complementary concepts that work together.

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