Developing the Agile Leader and Their Organization

Developing the Agile Leader and Their Organization

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DYNM 632 001
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Who amongst us hasn’t been overwhelmed by the constantly changing business environment and industry evolution that places a premium on speed and agility? Because our organizations were never designed for speed and agility, there is increasing pressure on leaders to help their organizations develop and implement a better strategy for the future. The goal of this course is to provide you, as that leader, with the necessary tools, strategies, and insights to help lead these initiatives in your organization.   

We’ll explore how Agile is a new way of working. Agile is a series of practices used in functions like HR, Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, and others to improve organizational agility, responsiveness, and performance. Students will learn from case studies by HR leaders at IBM, DuPont, Philips, and ING who have transformed their organizations through the adoption of agile practices. The course is based on 5 building blocks:   

1. The new world of work: the gig economy, alternative work arrangements, and adaptive organizational design models 

2. 2025: what could be the new roles, capabilities, and organizational structures in the future based upon research by the Chreate consortium 

3. Developing and executing a business strategy case: making the business case, leading change management, and gaining leadership buy-in 

4.  Deconstructing work: how to break down work and organizational models to incorporate the growing role of automation, AI, robots, and chat bots 

5.  Building organizational agile practices: how to leverage agile practices to improve project throughput and agility   

By combining lessons learned with research on the future of HR and crowdsourced templates and resources, this interactive course will provide you with a strong theoretical framework and practical applications to create your enterprise-level transformation project and roadmap. The final project will be a comprehensive 2025 transformation plan that students could present to a live panel of business leaders who will serve as judges and mentors for students’ transformation plans.  
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