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In order to succeed, modern organizations must constantly adapt to evolving technologies and expanding global markets.
Identify the importance and inherent value of increasing adaptation within company structures and performance
Technological advances, global market expansions, and the potential for constant (sometimes disruptive) innovation all point to the need for organizations to be adaptive.
Blockbuster and Netflix provide a classic example: in this case, Blockbuster was simply too slow to adapt to the demand for live-streaming videos.
If an organization takes on the identity of a growing, adapting, and learning organization, these qualities become part of the fabric of how it operates.
Implementing an adaptable strategy may have effects that ripple across an organization. Minimizing disruption can reduce costs and save time.
Resistance to change is considered a major obstacle to creating effective adaptability in an organization. Integrating changes step by step while utilizing focus groups and training sessions can improve the efficacy of adaptation.
Organizational adaption is becoming increasingly relevant to both strategy and structure as the business environment changes more quickly each year. Technological innovations, global market expansions, and the potential for constant (sometimes disruptive) innovation all point to the need for organizations to be adaptive.
There are a number of examples in which some organizations have adapted to new technologies or global competition, while others have failed to adapt and subsequently gone under. Blockbuster and Netflix provide a classic example: in this case, Blockbuster was simply too slow to adapt to the demand for live-streaming videos. Netflix, on the other hand, embraced this technological evolution and pioneered a user-friendly interface, gaining the company enormous value.
Strategicmanagement largely pertains to adapting an organization to its business environment. The greatest agent for organizational change is the socialization aspect of culture, which can be empowered structurally. If an organization takes on the identity of a growing, adapting, and learning organization, these qualities become part of the fabric of how it operates. Knowing how and being able to increase this adaptability is important to organizational success.
Implementing a strategy of adaptation may have effects that ripple across an organization. Increasing an organization's ability to adapt to change and minimize disruption can reduce costs and save time. One approach for increasing adaptation is to appoint an individual to champion the changes, address and eventually enlist opponents, and proactively identify and mitigate problems.
Challenges in Adaptation
Resistance to change is considered a major obstacle to creating effective adaptability in an organization. Organizational change can lead to loss of stability and—if this instability becomes great enough—loss of organizational effectiveness.
The following are methods that can be employed to help an organization and its staff to cope with change:
Form focus groups. Staff from different departments can be selected to form focus groups, where quality data can be collected. In focus group discussions, staff should be given the chance to freely express their opinions and share their experiences.
Provide training. Providing training courses to staff on new processes or structures can help to increase staff competence and reduce their resistance to change.
Implement changes step by step. This involves first implementing the system in small groups—such as several departments or sections—and then widening the scope of implementation. This step-by-step approach can help by exposing problems raised simultaneously across the small groups and providing management with sufficient time to solve these problems before implementing the system across the organization.
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