Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies Are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations

by: Michael J. Arena, Ph.D.


Abstract: Lack of agility is the kiss of death. Position your company to succeed in a world of change. To edge out the competition in today's disruptive environment, you need to ensure that your company is agile—that it can respond to change instantly and effectively. Because fast and furious change is the only thing you can count on in business today. Network expert Michael Arena helped enable GM's legendary turnaround. In these pages, he explains how you can transform your own company through the concept of Adaptive Space. Based on hundreds of interviews and the author's own groundbreaking study of dozens of organizations spanning a variety of industries, Adaptive Space shows how to position your company for today—and for the future—by allowing creativity, innovation, and novel ideas to flow freely among teams, across departments, and throughout the company. Using GM as the main case study—along with the stories of other highly adaptive organizations, like Apple, Amazon, Disney, and Gore—Arena provides a model you can follow to reinvent your company. It's about inspiring employees to explore new ideas, empowering the most creative people and teams to spread their ideas across the organization, and operationalizing the entrepreneurial spirit so adaptability is set in stone. Hesitation is a killer in today's business landscape. With Adaptive Space, you have everything you need to confront disruption with smart, confident actions and seize the valuable opportunities that come with change.
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Title: Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies Are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Athens, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New Delhi, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto

Copyright / Pub. Date: 2018 Michael Arena

ISBN: 9781260118025

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Michael J. Arena, Ph.D. is an acclaimed speaker and author of the groundbreaking research on Adaptive Space that won the 2017 Walker Prize from People + Strategy. He is a leading expert in organizational network analysis, and his work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Sloan Management Review, and Chief Executive magazine. Arena is also the Chief Talent Officer of General Motors (GM) and has played a critical role in the company's transformation. He launched GM2020, a grassroots initiative designed to enable employees to positively disrupt the way they work, which was highlighted in Fast Company. Arena also teaches in Penn's Masters in Organizational Dynamics program and acts as a design thinking coach within the Stanford d.school. Prior to joining GM, he spent two years as a visiting scientist within MIT's Media Lab, where he studied networks, and served as a Senior Vice President of Leadership Development at Bank of America.

Description: Lack of agility is the kiss of death. Position your company to succeed in a world of change. To edge out the competition in today's disruptive environment, you need to ensure that your company is agile—that it can respond to change instantly and effectively. Because fast and furious change is the only thing you can count on in business today. Network expert Michael Arena helped enable GM's legendary turnaround. In these pages, he explains how you can transform your own company through the concept of Adaptive Space. Based on hundreds of interviews and the author's own groundbreaking study of dozens of organizations spanning a variety of industries, Adaptive Space shows how to position your company for today—and for the future—by allowing creativity, innovation, and novel ideas to flow freely among teams, across departments, and throughout the company. Using GM as the main case study—along with the stories of other highly adaptive organizations, like Apple, Amazon, Disney, and Gore—Arena provides a model you can follow to reinvent your company. It's about inspiring employees to explore new ideas, empowering the most creative people and teams to spread their ideas across the organization, and operationalizing the entrepreneurial spirit so adaptability is set in stone. Hesitation is a killer in today's business landscape. With Adaptive Space, you have everything you need to confront disruption with smart, confident actions and seize the valuable opportunities that come with change.