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Understanding Agility Concept

Strategic Information System Agility: From Theory to Practices

ISBN: 978-1-80043-811-8, eISBN: 978-1-80043-810-1

Publication date: 4 December 2020


Manufacturers have experienced many stages of evolution and paradigm shift. The paradigm shifts from crafts to mass production, then to lean production, and finally to agile manufacturing (AM). Agility will reduce the time to market for appropriate products and services. Twenty-first century companies must meet a demanding customer base that will increasingly seek high quality, low-cost products adapted to their specific and continually evolving needs. It is time for companies to compete, and “push the boundaries” in response to delivery, product quality, and overall excellence in customer service and satisfaction. For addressing these challenges, a new way to manage businesses was proposed called “Agility,” AM is defined as the ability to survive in a competitive environment characterized by the continual and unpredictable changes, by responding effectively to the changing markets with products and services designed by the customer. This chapter presents a review of research related to the agility concept through an analysis of the variously proposed studies. This analysis was conducted based on a meta-model of three words (Agility, Management, and Organization).


Sahid, A., Maleh, Y. and Belaissaoui, M. (2020), "Understanding Agility Concept", Strategic Information System Agility: From Theory to Practices, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 9-27.



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