Adjusting to Change in Practice: Shared Characteristics amongst Adaptive Organisations
by Floris Hermsen, David Childers, Selina Blijleven and Thijs Louwman
In this paper, we attempt to identify which characteristics are commonly found in adaptive organisations or are lacking in those that are struggling with change. Eighteen relevant case studies are examined, from which interesting patterns of co-occurring adaptive traits emerge. These patterns most prominently relate to clear communication, an open organisational culture with a satisﬁed workforce,listening to employees, and proper anticipation & diversiﬁcation. We hypothesise that these patterns play a vital role in an organisation’s adaptive capacity, and suggest a subsequent approach for future research.
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