Playing to Asia’s strength in building agile organisations

Companies in Asia are slow in capturing the value of agile organisations. Understanding the two faces of agile – stability and speed – can help them play to their strengths

Globally, agile operating models are creating substantial value, yet many Asian companies have been slow to adopt the approach and capture its benefits. The reluctance is linked, in part, to an overemphasis in agile discussions on speed and flexible decision making, which appear to undermine traditional leadership roles in Asia. But McKinsey research has shown that successful agile companies combine speed with stability, a common hallmark of Asian management. 

For any organisation – wherever it’s located – adopting agile methods is a transformational and challenging endeavour. Some...

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