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AGILE BUSINESS
MODELS

Are you well positioned with an agile
operating model in today’s disruptive
environment?


Businesses are experiencing unprecedented levels of disruption affecting the way in which they compete and operate. Traditional companies are stretched to their limit and struggling with the simultaneous drive for productivity, innovation and unprecedented customer engagement.


In order to meet and overcome these challenges, companies are being forced to embrace change as a constant, starting with their strategies and business models which are at the very core of their organizations.

THE WHY, WHAT AND HOW

Successful companies must align their strategy and vision (the why), business models (the what) and their operating models (the how). A future oriented operating model is now a pre-requisite for success in the digital era.

CHARACTERISTICS OF FUTURE OPERATING MODELS

There are key characteristics that will shape the mindset, the structure and the economic viability of the organization. They include:

  • Ecosystems – Accelerating market-making solutions

  • Workforce – Unleashing passion, purpose and performance

  • Acquisitions – Flexibility and efficiency through modular building blocks such as ventures and acquisitions, and enablers like cloud and APIs.

AGILE BUSINESS MODELS

COMPETING IN THE
FUTURE ON HBR

How are you maintaining your organization's
competitive edge? Learn how to make your
company more nimble and responsive in our
Harvard Business Review Insight Center.

AGILE BUSINESS MODELS

COMPETITIVE AGILITY
VIA THE ECONOMIST

Competing amid uncertainty requires strategies that
encompass digital technology to gain agility, innovation
and driveprofitable growth. Read more on our
Economist.com content hub.

OPERATING MODEL

OPERATE LIKE A DISRUPTOR

Established companies of tomorrow will look more like their smaller,
disruptive competitors of today. Changing the operating model is no small
feat,but is necessary for companies to achieve sustainable results
in an ever-changing world.

CORNERSTONE OF FUTURE GROWTH: ECOSYSTEMS

Businesses must pursue innovative, agile business models to remain competitive and grow outside of their traditional core business—and many perceive ecosystems as a strong opportunity to do so.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

M&A: FROM ART TO SCIENCE

With a surge in digitally related M&A, companies need to look closely
at the way they apply digital to the deal process—and beyond.

OPERATING MODEL

SHAPING THE AGILE
WORKFORCE

The key to workforce agility lies in a strategy that puts people first, enabled by technology. Leaders will develop talent strategies that help liberate human potential to shape an agile workforce.

OPERATING MODEL

REVENUE GROWTH:
PERCEPTION OR REALITY?

For many business executives, rose-colored glasses are
blurring the distinction between their revenue hopes and
their organizations’ readiness to grow.

ECOSYSTEMS

YOUR ROLE IN
THE ECOSYSTEM

Value lies in how organizations leverage ecosystems
to deliver outcomes through platforms. Some
pioneering companies are already evaluating how
they can participate in existing ecosystems.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

SWEETENING THE DEAL: DIGITIZING M&A

Historically, strategic M&A has been an art. Today’s dealmakers, however, are offered a market advantage that can add science to the mix.

OPERATING MODEL

AGILE ENTERPRISE:
KEYS TO SUCCESS

The real benefit of an agile enterprise
is the ability to position technology as a
strategic asset that will differentiate your
company from competitors. Make sure
your transformation includes these three
keys to success.

ECOSYSTEMS

DON’T BANK ON
LONG-TERM SURVIVAL

Four new business models are reshaping the banking industry. Will traditional banks pivot in time? Winners are making their moves now.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

FLEXING DIGITAL M&A MUSCLES

Companies must understand their M&A maturity, build their M&A digital muscle, and finally flex that M&A muscle on their next transformative digital deal.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

BUILD, BUY OR PARTNER?

Making the most of M&A strategy in Consumer Goods: Large Consumer Goods companies are searching for the growth formula that works.

OPERATING MODEL

ADAPT TO SURVIVE

Facing disruption, traditional players are
developing a new business model strategy to compete.
Yet many struggle because they do not fully align their
operating models with these disruptive business models.

OPERATING MODEL

CATCHING
THE RABBIT

Automation could be the key to re-shaping
the supply chain operating models of the
future—enabling growth by allowing
scarce supply chain talent to focus on
adding value instead of executing routines.

OPERATING MODEL

LIFE INSURERS’ SECRET WEAPON: BEHAVIORAL ECONOMICS

Life insurers know that value is trapped in the middle market. To overcome barriers and grow new revenue, insurers must create activation points—or buying triggers—through behavioral economics.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS

As digital technologies redefine markets, customers and workforces, how do organizations adapt? Should they build, buy, ally or invest to pivot to digital?

ECOSYSTEMS

MAKE MUSIC NOT NOISE

Drive connected growth across an ecosystem of partners with an approach that turns discordant sounds into a harmonious arrangement.

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