Why the agile mindset matters

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) are drivers in today's business world. To perform amid this accelerated change and the digitalization progress, organizations are implementing agility. However, such an implementation does not happen without stumbling blocks and some fail. One reason for this is actors’ agile mindset (AM), which is necessary to deal succefully within a VUCA environment. Knowledge of the AM is in its infancy and conceptualization and measuring tools for it are lacking. Furthermore, the relation of the AM in terms of strategic agility and performance is still unclear. Our study aims to close these gaps. We examine AM through 15 interviews and a survey (N = 449) to predict strategic agility and performance. As a result, we conceptualize AM as an attitude that comprises four dimensions: attitude towards 1) learning spirit, 2) collaborative exchange, 3) empowered self-guidance, and 4) customer co-creation. Furthermore, we describe how actors with an AM deal with new technologies. We found that AM affects organizational performance mediated by strategic agility. These findings contribute to the agility and management research by providing a conceptualization and measuring instrument for AM. Furthermore, its relevance for strategic agility is explained and its relationship with organizational performance outlined
Authors Eilers, Karen; Peters, Christoph & Leimeister, Jan Marco
Research Team IWI6
Journal or Publication Title Technological Forecasting and Social Change
Language English
Subjects information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date 6 April 2022
Volume 179
Number 121650
Page Range 1-14
Number of Pages 14
ISSN 0040-1625
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2022.121650
Official URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
Depositing User Dr. Mahei Li
Date Deposited 21 Apr 2022 12:49
Last Modified 21 Mar 2023 01:27
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/266158


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Eilers, Karen; Peters, Christoph & Leimeister, Jan Marco (2022) Why the agile mindset matters. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 179 (121650). 1-14. ISSN 0040-1625


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