Adaptive Capacity

How Organizations Can Thrive in a Changing World

Non-Fiction - Business/Finance
250 Pages
Reviewed on 08/18/2015
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Adaptive Capacity by Juan Carlos Eichholz teaches how an organization should tackle changes with an adaptive approach to remain relevant, notwithstanding the change. This is dealt with in two parts. In part one, the broad concept of adaptability and organizational complexity that underlie this approach is discussed. Part two examines specific techniques to be applied to organizations to bring the necessary enhancement in its capacity to adapt, and the variations demanded by external and internal challenges. Following questions and answers broadly summarize this approach. 1) How much adaptive capacity does it have? 2) Is that adaptive capacity enough to meet the challenges it faces? 3) How can its adaptive capacity be increased? 4) What are the variables that may increase its adaptive capacity?

Adaptive Capacity by Juan Carlos Eichholz exhorts the significance of adaptability by quoting from the theory of evolution by Darwin: “It is neither the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that outlasts. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Showing real life examples from the field of business, the author cites various instances of failure as well as growth of different firms like Microsoft, Google etc to drive home his idea - by establishing the better adaptability of the successful one as the significant cause in the case of success, and an inflexible stance as the cause for failure. This approach is described well and a large collection of real life examples make it very convincing and easy to understand. An index is also provided, making this good material for study.