The Agile Paradigm and Organisation Development in Higher Educational Institutions

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This article has two objectives. First, is to provoke consideration as to whether
a set of constructs known as ‘the Agile Paradigm’ provides a relevant model
for organisation development in Higher Education Institutions as they confront
a period of increasingly VUCA (volatile + uncertain + complex + ambiguous)
conditions, a changing and threatening competitive environment, a need to
become stronger in facilitating personal development and a different
landscape of opportunities and threats largely provoked by the onset of the 4th
Industrial Revolution.

The second objective is to outline the findings of a scoping research study into
the range of competences that will be needed by future students of Management
to enhance their ability to be agile – resilient, efficient and effective - when
facing 21st century challenges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’22)
Place of PublicationValencia
PublisherUniversitat Politècnica de València
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2022
Event8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances - Faculty of Business Administration and Management of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Valencia, Spain
Duration: 15 Jun 202217 Jun 2022

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd)
ISSN (Electronic)2603-5871


Conference8th International Conference on Higher Education Advances
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Bibliographical note

David L Francis has been undertaking research into Agility-Orientated Organisation Development since 1998 and his recent book on this topic (Exploiting Agility for Advantage: A Step-by-Step Process for Acquiring Requisite Organisational Agility) provides the conceptual underpinning for this current conference paper.


  • Agile Paradigm;
  • 4th Industrial Revolution;
  • Requisite Agility
  • Organisation Development in HE;
  • Competences of Students of Business; Entrepreneurship and Management.


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