Research on agility and agile command and Control organizations. A Review of Contemporary literature

Authors:

  • Björn J E Johansson
  • Peter Berggren
  • Jiri Trnka

Publish date: 2015-04-24

Report number: FOI-R--4068--SE

Pages: 83

Written in: English

Keywords:

  • Agility
  • Command and Control agility
  • Improvisation
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
  • Work Design
  • Multiteam systems.

Abstract

This report presents the outcome of a literature review regarding current research related to agility and/or command and control agility. The sources identified differ in terms of both domain and theoretical heritage, but they share some basic assumptions. Either, they discuss agility, command and control agility, organizational agility, or parts of these concepts. It can be said that agility, as a common term, refers to the ability to cope with dynamics and complexity in a flexible manner. Command and control agility, or organizational agility, refers to the ability to cope with dynamics and complexity by adjusting/adapting the own organization to better fit the demands of the current situation. The ability to respond to external change, signified by complex interactions, seems to be a driving force in most research efforts found in the literature review. The identified research trends are primary: ? Theoretical Frameworks (for agility, C2 agility or both). ? Developing conceptual model(s) of the endeavour space (a way of describing the problem space). ? Assessment tools and measures (of both agility and C2 agility). ? Empirical studies (especially experiments to prove basic hypotheses and assumptions in the research domain).

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