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The Agile Organization

In a fast-moving competitive environment, where new technology can disrupt everything overnight, is Adhocracy nimble enough? Do we need an Agile Organization?

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The Nature of Organizations
This video is part of course module number 6.1.2
Program 6: Managing within Organizations
Course 1: The Nature of Organizations
Section 2: Organizational Models

Other videos in this section include:
🎬 Edgar Schein’s Two Organizational Cultures – https://youtu.be/9C64CXJw83E
🎬 Henry Mintzberg’s 4 plus 2 Organizational Types – https://youtu.be/JmvYcskjh3E
🎬 Charles Handy’s Gods of Management – https://youtu.be/yClxu7dzmB4
🎬 Charles Handy’s Shamrock Organization – https://youtu.be/dGGKT0Mr_HA
🎬 Charles Handy’s Federal Organization Model – https://youtu.be/69AYxCvT7m4
🎬 Charles Handy’s Triple-I Company – https://youtu.be/gFRXiMkIg6k
🎬 The Matrix Organization Model – https://youtu.be/hJ9wbFgmtKM
🎬 Peter Senge’s Learning Organization – https://youtu.be/k1k2h1l2VO0
🎬 Adhocracy – https://youtu.be/7QKm0Y3_Hr0
🎬 Brian Robertson’s Holacracy – https://youtu.be/hz3khhOLT5E
🎬 Virtual Organizations – https://youtu.be/Hsovj2jPNPA

Mintzberg: Machine Bureaucracy is a traditional hierarchical process-driven organization. And he adopted Bennis’s term β€˜Adhocracy’ for the flexible structure – often within a wider organization – that morphs to meet present needs, serves them, and morphs again.

Is Adhocracy enough?
Perhaps constant flux is a better model. Consider the metaphor of a living organism. See Morgan’s 8 Metaphors: https://youtu.be/a60rsgbmw2c

Rapid Response
An Agile Organization can respond quickly to changes in the marketplace or environment.
– It is highly customer-focused and aims to create customized products and services.
– It can react successfully to new competitors, technology advances, and sudden shifts in overall market conditions.
– Agile enterprises need to be largely non-hierarchical with limited central control.

An Agile Organization is a network of teams
Each team is fully empowered to make decisions within only the framework of a wider organizational strategy, purpose, and vision. Instead of working on complete solutions to well-formed problems, the teams take rapid steps forward in small increments to make things better, before re-evaluating the best next step – or, indeed, if another step is justified in a cost-benefit assessment.

Team leadership is either dispersed or, if concentrated in one individual, often follows a Servant Leadership model. At the end of a series of incremental improvements, team members may move on, to join a new team and work on a new problem.

This makes the organization agile in its ability to respond quickly to threats or opportunities. What matters to a team is making things better, within each cycle, than they were at the start. Cycles are typically two weeks but can be anything from a week to a couple of months.

Embedded in the Agile Organization are many of the attributes of other models, like:
β€’ Adhocracy
β€’ Holacracy
β€’ Triple-I
β€’ The Learning organization
So, we tend to see a culture of:
β€’ Learning
β€’ Serving customers
β€’ Professional competence and pride
β€’ Informality and collegiality
β€’ Transparency and reduced political pressure

1. Few organizations are truly agile yet. How agile is yours? What characteristics support your assessment? (2 MC CPD Points)
2. In what areas might greater agility make your organization more effective? What changes would you propose to support this shift? (4 MC CPD Points)

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– Images of Organization https://geni.us/hrOemEs
– Inside Organizations: 21 Ideas for Managers https://geni.us/YwwL
– Gods of Management: The Four Cultures of Leadership https://geni.us/bpPeC5

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Introduction to Organizations: A Compilation of our Introductory Videos
What is BIG DATA? And introducing the 3 (or 5) V’s
What is Globalization?
Account Management: What is Account-based Selling?
What is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)?
The Disney Creativity Strategy: The NLP Way to Test Ideas
Cognitive Reappraisal: How to Control Negative Thoughts
What is Advertising? And What are its Benefits?
What is A/B Testing? …and Split Testing?
What is Customer Relationship Management (CRM)? …And How to Use it.
What is the Customer Journey? And How to Visualize it
What is Diamond Feeback?
What is the Marketing Channel Mix? Promotion Channel Strategy
What is a Customer Persona? …or Buyer Persona or Marketing Persona
What is a Brand Marketing Plan?
What is a Brand Strategy?
What is Brand Management?
Kim Cameron: Positive Organizational Scholarship
Charles Handy: Philosopher of Organizations
Edgar Schein: The Master of Organizational Culture
Harold Geneen: Data-driven Charismatic Organization
Chester Barnard: Organizations as Networks of People
Max Weber: The Father of Organizational Theory
How we Work: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cross-Organization Cultural Dimensions
National Culture within an Organization: Geert Hofstede’s 6 Cultural Dimensions
Quinn and Cameron: Competing Values Model of Organizational Culture
Edgar Schein’s 3 Levels of Organizational Culture
Cultural Web: Johnson & Scholes on Where Culture Originates
Introduction to Organizational Culture
Empowerment: The Organization Giving up its Power
French and Raven: Social Power Bases in Organizations
Power in Organizations: The Power of Governance
Robin Fincham: Three Levels of Organizational Power
Amitai Etzioni: How Organizations Secure Compliance
Organizational Power: What is Power?
Virtual Organizations
Brian Robertson’s Holacracy Organizational Model
Adhocracy Organizational Model
Peter Senge’s Learning Organization
The Matrix Organization Model
Charles Handy’s Triple-I Company
Charles Handy’s Federal Organization Model
Charles Handy’s Shamrock Organization
Charles Handy’s Gods of Management
Henry Mintzberg’s 4 plus 2 Organizational Types

Mike Clayton

About Mike Clayton 

Dr Mike Clayton is a (former) Project Manager and now a management educator. Having trained thousands of people at live workshops, seminars, and conferences, he now delivers training mainly via video. He has 14 books with international publishers and runs two successful YouTube channels. He is also the founder of OnlinePMCourses.com

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