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Evaluating agility in corporate enterprises


  • Ganguly, Anirban
  • Nilchiani, Roshanak
  • Farr, John V.


Being able to adapt successfully and efficiently to unexpected changes in the business environment or agile is key in gaining a competitive advantage in the global market. There has been little discussion in the open literature on measuring and quantifying agility. This paper is devoted to developing a framework and quantifying the notion of agility. We propose three techniques and associated metrics for determining enterprise agility. Lastly, the paper presents a case study related to Apple's digital media to demonstrate the utility of the methodology and associated metrics.

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  • Ganguly, Anirban & Nilchiani, Roshanak & Farr, John V., 2009. "Evaluating agility in corporate enterprises," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 118(2), pages 410-423, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:proeco:v:118:y:2009:i:2:p:410-423

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