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International Journal of Agile Systems and Management

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (IJASM)

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International Journal of Agile Systems and Management (8 papers in press)

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  • Success and Barrier Factors in Agile Transformation   Order a copy of this article
    by Frederico Batista, Leandro Pereira, Renato Costa 
    Abstract: Agile Methods have become an appealing way of working for organizations focused on improving their performance and matching their customers needs. Agile Methods were originally created to be used by small and independent teams, which leads to complex challenges when implemented in Large-Scale. The purpose of this study is to fill the gap in the scientific literature on Large-Scale Agile Transformations. A feedback from 294 Agile Experts was collected through a survey strategy. Parametric techniques were used to rank and explain the most relevant factors as success and barriers for agile transformations in Large-Scale.
    Keywords: Agile Methods; Agile Transformation; Large-Scale Agile.

  • COVID-19 and its impact on supply chain financing and the role of Islamic Fintech: Evidence from GCC countries   Order a copy of this article
    by Mustafa Raza Rabbani 
    Abstract: The present study analyses the COVID-19 situation in 5 GCC countries namely, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman and Kuwait and its impact on supply chain financing. All these oil rich countries are already severely affected by this pandemic and have taken several measures to control the spread of the virus from lockdown to social distancing and consequently resulted into the massive disruption in the supply chain financing. The study uses discourse analysis to analyze the COVID-19 situation in these countries and concludes that there is a need to design a long-term strategy with the increased role of financial technology (Fintech) that includes every section of the society in post COVID-19 measures. The study also proposes a sharia compliant Islamic Fintech model for supply chain financing to help in recovery post COVID-19 pandemic.
    Keywords: COVID 19; Islamic Finance; Fintech; economic policy; stimulus package; Supply chain finance; GCC;.

  • Organisational agility as competitive advantage: a systematic literature review   Order a copy of this article
    by Maria Franco, Leandro Pereira, Ana Simoes, Álvaro Dias, Rui Vinhas Da Silva 
    Abstract: Agility is the ability of an organisation to respond dynamically to changes in market demand, to a business climate characterised by a high degree of uncertainty, and to global scenarios that are constantly being updated. The organisation must adopt agile practices as a core value to respond to changing needs of customers, the environment, and stakeholders, to maintain a better market position against competitors (Butt et al., 2021). Although there are many studies on the definition of agility and how it can benefit organisations through competitive advantage, in the recurrent literature there are still some gaps regarding its conceptualisation, and a lack of commitment of systematic reviews to better understand the "state of the art" of the subject. The objective of this study is to address this gap, study the evolution of investigations on agility as a competitive advantage of organisations, and carry out a systematic review of the literature.
    Keywords: agile; agility; organisational agility; competitive advantage; VUCA; volatility; uncertainty; complexity and ambiguity.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2023.10056570
  • A systematic literature review for the analysis of practices, measurement instruments and contextual factors inherent to supply chain agility   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohammad AlKurdi, Daniel Vázquez-Bustelo 
    Abstract: Globalisation, vulnerability, complexity, and evolving customer needs drive the growing importance of agility in supply chains. This necessitates effective management of disruptions through tools and practices supporting supply chain agility (SCA). The study of SCA continues to gain interest in the academic and practitioner communities. Thus, to comprehend how the academic community has been treating such concern a review and synthesis of the literature was undertaken in an identified sample of 986 articles covering the period 1999-2020 (last year included), ultimately down selecting the most relevant 373 peer reviewed articles exploiting a solid methodology in the preparation, collection, and analysis of the information obtained. This paper innovatively categorises SCA phases, practices, and concepts using a comprehensive concept mapping framework. It defines SCA constructs and measurement items, while also exploring contextual factors and the required alignment with firm and supply chain strategies.
    Keywords: SCA; supply chain agility; agility; measurement instrument; systematic literature review; measurement instrument; contextual factors; supply chain strategy fit; supply chain orientations.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2023.10058745
  • Impact of agile business transformation dynamics on supply chain performance of manufacturing firms   Order a copy of this article
    by Joseph Akam Mpuon, Alfred Jalagbeyiwa MacLean Edama, Charles Effiong, Ekpenyong Bassey Obo, Samuel Etim Ndem, Eko Hodo Anna, Monica Peter Lebo, Happiness Sunday Akam 
    Abstract: The present research’s main goal is to ascertain the connection between supply chain efficacy and the aspects of agile business transformation by creating a research framework to comprehend how these dimensions - transformational knowledge management, technological transformation, and management transformation enhance manufacturing firms’ supply chains’ performance. It is argued empirically and theoretically that manufacturing companies can adopt agile business transformation dynamics like transformational knowledge management, technological transformation, and management transformation to optimise supply chain efficacy by addressing the demands of the modern corporate environment, which is typified by ongoing change, tumultuous marketplaces, shortened product life cycles, and heightened demand unpredictability. But there seems to be no research that has considered this dimension as a means of improving manufacturing firms’ supply chain performance. Therefore, this study sought to investigate this limitation, thereby bridging a knowledge gap. After developing the hypotheses and reviewing the anchored theory, the judgment sampling technique was utilised.
    Keywords: agile business transformation; management transformation; supply chain performance; systems dynamic; transformational knowledge management; technological transformation.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2023.10059291
  • The impact of organisational learning capability on organisational agility in Jordanian pharmaceutical manufacturing companies   Order a copy of this article
    by Salwa Edaily, Mohi-Adden Yahya Al-Qutop, Nidal Al-Salhi 
    Abstract: This study highlights organisational agility (OA) as a vital concept in dealing with modern business environments’ challenges. Therefore, this study aims to investigate the enabling role organisational learning capability (OLC) plays in developing OA capabilities; by examining the impact of OLC, through a combined effect of four dimensions, on OA and its four dimensions (responsiveness, competency, flexibility, and speed) in Jordanian Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Companies (JPMC) using survey method. Testing the study model through Multiple Linear Regression and other statistical analyses showed a significant impact of OLC on OA and all its dimensions. The study findings supported the importance of OLC as an enabler for OA and provided insights for future studies on this topic.
    Keywords: organisational learning capability; organisational agility; openness and experimentation; interaction with the external environment; participative decision making; knowledge transfer and integration; pharmaceutical manufacturing sector; Jordan.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2024.10062731
  • In pursuit of the agile organisation: a review and framework development on assessing organisational agility   Order a copy of this article
    by André M. Carvalho, Paulo Sampaio, Eric Rebentisch, Lígia Conceição, Hugh McManus, João Alvaro Carvalho, Pedro Saraiva 
    Abstract: There are few frameworks for assessing Organisational Agility, and all have a few reported limitations: either lack of definition around the topic, leaning to a focus on agile methods or to incomplete perspectives on Organisational Agility; or to the use of survey methodologies, which are exposed to respondent bias and show difficulty in accessing certain aspects of organisational life. A research opportunity has thus been identified regarding the development of an Organisational Agility assessment framework built on an in-depth, qualitative multi-case study methodology. Results demonstrate that the framework is able to consistently assess Agility across different organisations, allowing individual and cross-case analyses that support the identification of different profiles of Organisational Agility. As such, the Organisational Agility Assessment Framework supports both the scientific understanding and the practical pursuit of the “agile organisation”, supporting Agility on organisation-wide, back-to-back processes and operations.
    Keywords: organisational agility; assessment framework; capability management; agile organisations; maturity model; industrial engineering; systems engineering; engineering management.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2024.10062732
  • Corporate agility: from functional to project-based organisations   Order a copy of this article
    by Nuno Vasques, Leandro F. Pereira, Alvaro L. Dias, Raquel S. Martinho, Ana Harfunche 
    Abstract: The number of project-based organisations (PBOs) is increasing, as is the number of organisations trying to make the transition from functional to PBOs. The lack of information about this transformation is a problem for the organisations trying to change. This research demonstrates the importance of information for organisations to be able to analyse and make a conscious decision to transition to a PBO. Twenty interviews were conducted with professionals from different companies, with different roles and working in different fields of action, to better understand the relevance of the problem. Through a qualitative analysis, it was possible to conclude that most organisations are affected in their project efficiency, depending on the field of action in which they work and on their staff. To solve this problem, organisations should work on their characteristics to potentiate the cooperation and collaboration between the different areas in the organisation.
    Keywords: corporate agility; PBOs; project-based organisations; functional organisations; agile; Pereira problem-solving; qualitative analysis.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2024.10062953