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Paul T Kidd is one of the pioneers in the field of agility and the agile enterprise, being also the author of the world's first book on the matter.
Paul’s work on agility started in earnest in the early 1990s, and his book Agile Manufacturing: Forging New Frontiers includes the results of his early work, as does the content on Paul’s agility pages in this web site, which are now located in the legacy section of the site.
Paul’s work on agility has continued since the mid 1990s up to the present day. But this work has been done, one can say, out of sight of the public gaze. Paul always insisted that agility was a long term issue, with the major impact lying decades ahead. For this reason he positioned the topic as a next generation enterprise concept, with a relevance that would be realised around about 2020. He also undertook the development of agility theory, which remains largely unpublished. He has also been linking agility to the world of artistic practice, as it turns out that artists have something quite important to contribute towards agility.
Paul believes that, so far, applications of agility have been trivial, and that the topic will find its moment, when enterprises and society start to understand that continuing along the path that humanity has followed thus far is not an option, and that the whole planet needs to begin a transition towards a truly sustainable mode of operation, which so far is not happening. Then, and only then, will agility find its true purpose. And when that happens, Paul will make his work available in the public domain, set within the context of creating a sustainable civilisation. You can see the beginnings of this process already in the new content that is appearing elsewhere in the site.
More information will be posted in these new agility pages in due course. In the meantine below are some links to more recent papers on the topic of agility:
P.T Kidd, 2012, Social Networking Technologies as a Strategic Tool for the Development of Sustainable Production and Consumption: Applications to Foster the Agility Needed to Adapt Business Models in Response to the Challenges Posed by Climate Change. In Cruz-Cunha, M. M., Gonçalves, P., Lopes, N., Miranda, E. M., & Putnik, G. D. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Business Social Networking: Organizational, Managerial, and Technological Dimensions. (pp. 509-522). (IGI Global Publishing)
P.T. Kidd, 2009, Enterprise Information Systems: Aligning and Integrating Strategy, Technology, Organization and People, in Enterprise Information Systems for Business Integration in SMEs: Technological, Organizational and Social Dimensions, edited by M. Manuela Cunha, (IGI Global Publications).
P.T. Kidd, 2008, Agile Holonic Network Organizations, in Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations, edited by Goran D. Putnik and Maria Manuela Cunha (IGI Global Publications).
Some of Paul T Kidd's Books
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