Why the Agile Mindset Matters

Item Type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Abstract Volatility, uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity (VUCA) are drivers in today’s business world. Therefore, an increasing number of organizations implement agility (agile methods) to cope with the rapid and accelerating change. However, these agile transformations do not succeed unhindered, and some fail. One reason for that is the employees lacking an agile mindset and they do not support or participate in the transformation. So far, knowledge of the agile mindset is in its infancy. A conceptualization for developing a measuring instrument on the individual level is lacking. Furthermore, the relevance of the agile mindset regarding organizational performance in a VUCA world is still unclear. Our study aims to close this gap. To do so, we examine the agile mindset with 15 qualitative interviews and conduct an online survey (N=449) to predict organizational agility and organizational performance based on the agile mindset. As for results, we conceptualize the agile mindset as an attitude that comprises four dimensions: ’learning spirit’, ‘collaborative exchange’, ‘empowered self-guiding’, and ‘iterative value creation’. We have found an indirect effect of the agile mindset affecting organizational performance towards organizational agility. These findings contribute to the agility and management research by providing both a conceptualization and a measuring instrument for the agile mindset. Furthermore, the agile mindset´s relevance in agile transformation is explained and its relation to organizational performance outlined. For successful agile transformation, executives must focus on the agile mindset of their employees and foster this by e.g. being a role model.
Authors Eilers, Karen; Simmert, Benedikt; Peters, Christoph & Leimeister, Jan Marco
Research Team IWI6
Journal or Publication Title Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM)
Language English
Keywords Agile Mindset, Organizational Agility, Organizational Performance
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Date 3 August 2021
Event Title Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM)
Event Dates 30 Jul - 03 Aug 2021
Depositing User Dr. Mahei Li
Date Deposited 26 Apr 2021 13:24
Last Modified 30 Mar 2023 00:26
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/263080


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Eilers, Karen; Simmert, Benedikt; Peters, Christoph & Leimeister, Jan Marco: Why the Agile Mindset Matters. 2021. - Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AOM).


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