Our latest research on business agility shows that leaders stand apart from other companies on nearly every dimension of agility—making faster decisions, distinguishing between strategic and operational decisions, and investing in and using analytics to run their organizations.
We surveyed 1,300 C-suite and senior-level executives in 13 industries and 16 countries in mature and emerging markets. The online survey probed into business agility in dimensions such as strategy, organization, marketing, operations and finance.
We found that most executives have a sense of what agility means for their companies’ future. However, there is still a big gap between awareness of the need for agility and taking concerted action to become truly agile over the long term.
The research shows significant variance between the responses of leaders—defined as companies with a self-reported increase in sales of greater than 10 percent in the last fiscal year—and the laggards—companies that experienced negative growth in the last fiscal year.