Resetting Management
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Resetting Management

Thrive with Agility in the Age of Uncertainty
232 pages
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Management has never been plain sailing. In every era, it faces a new set of challenges. The COVID-19 crisis has amplified and accelerated major shifts that were already underway, transforming the way businesses function. It has also highlighted how ignoring uncertainty is no longer an option for organizations. When faced with the extreme uncertainty brought on by the crisis, some firms were seized with paralysis. Others, by applying various degrees of agility, were able to ride it out – and in the process, prepare for new growth.

In their new book, Resetting Management, IMD professor Stéphane J.G. Girod and research associate Martin Králik set out a compelling case for why business agility now matters more than ever. Going beyond the buzzwords, they show how agility can release a new level of energy, innovation and entrepreneurship that will enable organizations to respond to disruption better. However, rather than advocate a formulaic approach whereby all organizations default to agile methods, they outline the paths towards calibrating the right type and degree of agility for every company’s unique circumstances.

Featuring case studies from some of the world’s leading companies and illustrating how they have successfully, and less successfully, transformed for greater agility – including Lego, General Electric, LMVH and ING – the authors provide leaders with the tools to master a transformation journey.

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Kogan Page
ISBN
9781789667172
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Authors
Professor Stéphane J. Girod
Professor of Strategy and Organizational Innovation

Stéphane JG Girod’s research, teaching, and consulting focus on the development of business agility in response to the many forms of disruption faced by organizations in today’s world. He sets out his thinking on the…

Martin Králik (PhD)
IMD External Research Associate

Martin Králik is an IMD External Research Associate, based in Southeast Europe.

He earned his PhD in religion and business from the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya. An IMD case study he co-authored on…

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This is the most comprehensive guide to business agility available, full of deep insights into the challenges and tensions involved, and with practical take-aways for leaders and managers everywhere.

Julian Birkinshaw Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Girod and Králik have cracked the code on how to prosper in an increasingly unpredictable future. The true Management 4.0 playbook for competitive advantage in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Mikael Ronnblad Group Executive Board Member, Fortum Corporation

The book is filled with inspirational examples of companies following different paths towards agility as well as practical models to help us analyze our own company to select the best path forward.

Cecilie Heuch Chief People & Sustainability Officer, Telenor Group
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The importance of believing in yourself, be true to yourself to succeed but seek lots of help to become aware of and close your blind spots. Work hard and let go of resentments.

We Spoke to Stéphane JG Girod of IMD

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Resetting Management: Thrive with Agility in the Age of Uncertainty

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