Does Experimenting and Testing influence the adaptive capability of an organization?

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by Iris Bosma

Does Experimenting and Testing influence the adaptive capability of an organization?

The Adaptive Cycle, a model that visualises the different phases a company can find itself in, proposes three different ways of improvement for organisations. First of all ‘Going Concern’, second ‘Being Innovative’ and third ‘Adaptiveness’. This adaptiveness has not been researched a lot. In this thesis I will use a theory by Ensor (2011), where he states that adaptiveness can be divided in three different interconnected area’s:

  1. Power Sharing;
  2. Knowledge & Information and
  3. Experiment and Testing

There are not that many certainties when it comes to Business IT Alignment, ever changing environments are hard to predict. While organizations need to be able to manage the present in order to maximize their profits and their shareholders’ short-term interest, organizations also need to be flexible and innovative to be able to adapt in uncertain situations. The University of Amsterdam has been doing research about Business IT alignment and related topics (Abcouwer et al., 2006; 2010; 2011) and is currently doing research about ‘The Adaptive Cycle of Resilience’ in order to expand the existing knowledge towards this topic (Abcouwer & Smit, 2015). This paper will lead us from the Adaptive Cycle Model to the definition of the term Resilience, in which we will learn that ‘Going Concern’ and ‘Being Innovative’ need to be balanced by ‘Being Adaptive’. Ensor (2011) identified three factors of influence towards adaptiveness. This research paper aims to analyse Ensor’s 3-dimension approach towards the factors of influence on adaptiveness. To validate Ensor’s Framework we split his 3-dimensions into three different research papers, in which each research paper will follow up on one of the dimensions as described by Ensor. This paper will specify on the influence of Experimenting and Testing on adaptiveness and will provide a literature review towards this specific topic. The findings fronting Experimenting and Testing in relation to adaptiveness in this literature review are translated into propositions. Within in Expert Interview the likeliness of the following propositions will be discussed.

Research Question:

“Does Experimenting and Testing influence the adaptive capability of an organization?"
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Toon