INSEAD Alumni Reunion

INSEAD Alumni Reunion

"Strategic Agility"
INSEAD Alumni Reunion
Fontainebleau, France, 10 October 2009


  • Why is it that some companies thrive on change and disruption, while others die from it?
  • Why are some companies strategically agile and others are stricken by strategic paralysis?
  • What are the underlying cognitive, organizational and leadership capabilities that foster strategic agility?
  • How to rebuild strategic agility into the fabric of an organization once it has been lost?

The presentation by Professor Yves Doz (the Timken Chaired Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD) will focus on strategic agility, a research theme developed together with Mikko Kosonen (former Chief of Strategy and CIO of Nokia, now President of SITRA, the Finnish Innovation Fund) and based on research and interviews with 150 corporate leaders and senior executives of a dozen major IT companies.

They analysed the risks facing successful companies and identified three essential vectors of strategic agility they need in order to regain and maintain continued growth: Strategic Sensitivity, both the sharpness of perception and the intensity of awareness and attention; Resource Fluidity, the internal capability to reconfigure business systems and redeploy resources rapidly; Collective Commitment, the ability of the top team to make bold decisions fast, without getting caught up in "win-lose" politics at the top. Together these allow CEOs and their management teams to perceive early, decide quickly, and deploy resources with strength and speed. Growth and renewal should be at the heart of business agendas and strategic agility is the key.



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