A study on agility in companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
These days, agility is one of the keywords used most often and is considered to be a central feature of successful companies. That is why it is all the more important for us to know how relevant agility really is, what it really is, and how people or organisations become agile.
Together with Professor Heiko Weckmüller at FOM University of Applied Sciences and the media partner Personalmagazin, Promerit and Haufe surveyed more than 1800 employees and around 1000 managers in companies from Germany, Austria and Switzerland in order to investigate the current situation and the development of agility in companies.
The study confirms that the key to an agile organisation lies in strategy and culture, structures and processes, and the competencies of employees and management. But many companies in these countries still have a hard time implementing agility. The results of this representative survey show that there is still much to be done in this area: as far as the level of maturity of agility is concerned, companies are moving in the middle of the spectrum, and dissatisfaction with this situation is increasing. What stands out in particular here is the differing perception of managers and employees with regards to motivating management models and forms of collaboration. The study results confirm the following: change often fails due to people and processes, not technology. The volume of studies “Agilitätsbarometer 2017” [Agility Barometer 2017] gives ideas for making the right decisions to make companies more agile.
You can find the most important results with accompanying practice-based cases from HSE24 and Daimler and the accompanying interview regarding the study results with Kai Anderson, Board member and partner of Promerit AG, and Joachim Rotzinger, managing director of Haufe, in the current issue of Personalmagazin (08/2017).