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Effects of Agile Leadership and Organizational Competencies on Firm Performance. Evidence-Based Recommendations for Agile Transformation in the Manufacturing Industry by Comparing Software and Manufacturing SME


  • Walter-Güpner, Tania

    (Comenius Universität Bratislava)


This paper investigates the competences which have a positively impact on an agile organizational transformation. ‘Digitization’ with its rapid pace of change, intensive competitive pressure and short innovation cycles requires new ways in leadership and organizational culture. Therefore, the term ‘agile transformation’ often goes hand in hand with ‘digital transformation’. That means that a business changes its organizational competences to managing the challenges of the digital transformation successfully. 387 C-level managers of German SME companies (software and manufacturing) were surveyed. The application of agile management in manufacturing companies compared to the software sector, where the agile values and principles were defined. The evidence-based conclusion of this research is that the agile management approach is already a cross-industry standard, but with differences in in its intensity.

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  • Walter-Güpner, Tania, 2018. "Effects of Agile Leadership and Organizational Competencies on Firm Performance. Evidence-Based Recommendations for Agile Transformation in the Manufacturing Industry by Comparing Software and Manufac," Zeitschrift für interdisziplinäre ökonomische Forschung, Allensbach Hochschule, issue 1, pages 87-92, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:zfioef:0117

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    Agile Leadership; Agile Transformation; Industry 4.0; Competitive Strategy;

    JEL classification:

    • L22 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Organization and Market Structure
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes


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