|Published online: December 16, 2014||$US5.00|
External Adaptability is an outcomes measure of organizational effectiveness reflecting proficiency levels in responding to external change. Many higher education institutions are interested in reshaping their goals to better meet the needs of a growing global market. To analyze external adaptability, 52 higher education faculty and administrators from institutions in more than 16 countries were surveyed using the Human Synergistics International Organizational Effectiveness Inventory® (OEI®) Survey. Results revealed that external adaptability scores fell below both the Historical Average (50th percentile) and the Constructive Benchmark. Subgroup analysis revealed that scores were below the Historical Average for faculty, administrators, males, females, and private- and public not-for-profits. By contrast, scores approached the Historical Average (50th percentile) in private for-profits, and exceeded the Constructive Benchmark in public for-profits. Trends for slightly higher scores were noted for administrators and males as compared to faculty and females respectively. To improve agility in higher education institutions, further diagnostic analysis of organizational decision making is warranted. The Performance Triangle diagnostic model is discussed and the use of the AgilityINsights Diagnostic™ Survey from Sphere Advisors AG is recommended. Attaining high external adaptability is critical for the future of higher education.
|Keywords:||Theme: Change Management:, Agility,, Adaptability,, Organizational Effectiveness,, Higher Education|
Change Management: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: December 16, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 621.224KB)).
Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry College of New York, New York, NY, USA
Human Synergistics International, Plymouth, MI, USA
International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, New York, NY, USA
CEO & Partner, Owner, Founder and MD, SPHERE Advisors AG, Zug, Zug, Switzerland