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CIOs Need to Lead the Way to Adaptive Strategy

Published: 06 September 2019


Traditional strategy approaches were not designed for a rapidly changing world, and leading enterprises are responding by adopting an adaptive strategy approach. CIOs can play a key role in introducing, customizing and implementing adaptive strategy across their enterprises.

Included in Full Research

  • Key Question
  • Opportunities and Challenges
  • How This Report Will Help
  • Acknowledgments
  • Section 1: Adaptability Is Key in an Increasingly Uncertain World
  • Section 2: Build an Adaptive Strategy Approach
  • Section 3: Proactive CIOs Can Lead the Way to Adaptive Strategy
  • Adaptive Strategy Is an Essential Component of the Adaptive Enterprise
  • Strategy 2.0 Provides the Foundations for Adaptive Strategy
  • The Adaptive Strategy Practices
    • Start Execution as Early as Possible
    • Respond to Changes as They Happen
    • Embrace and Explore Uncertainty
    • Involve Everyone in Strategy
  • Adaptive Strategy Building Blocks
  • Inputs
    • Real-Time Insights
    • Crowdsourcing
    • Continual Scanning
  • Process
    • Distributed Decisions
    • Strategy Sprints
    • Continual Process
  • Outputs
    • Option-Based Strategies
    • Experiment-Based Strategies
    • Minimum Viable Strategy
  • Select the Building Blocks That Address Immediate Challenges
  • CIOs Are Uniquely Placed to Lead the Way
  • Develop Competency Across All Adaptive Strategy Practices Within IT
    • Combining Scans With a Calendar-Based Strategy Approach
  • CIOs Can Also Lead the Way to an Adaptive Operating Model
  • Conclusion


Peter Skyttegaard Ian Cox

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