Designing an organizational agility model for Tehran State universities

Document Type : Scientific - Research


1 PhD Student of Educational Management, faculty of Management, Kharazmi University.

2 Professor, Department of Management, faculty of Management, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Associate Professor of Management, School of Management, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran.


Objective: Rapid developments and major changes in today's world require more responsive, faster, and more information processing. Universities and higher education institutions, like other organizations, need organizational agility, understanding of the new paradigm, change in attitudes, goals, practices, and management to survive and cope with these changes. The purpose of this study was to design a conceptual model of organizational agility for public universities in Tehran.
Materials and Methods: This research was a qualitative research using a data-based approach. Statistical population included heads, deputies and managers of public universities in Tehran. Sampling method was purposive and in order to complete it and to achieve theoretical saturation, a total of 12 people were interviewed as participants in the study. Data were extracted from semi-structured interviews.
Result and Discussion: The data were analyzed simultaneously with interviews and using three stages of open, axial and selective coding. Finally, a model consisting of six causal factors (agility drivers), pivotal phenomena (agility enablers), strategies (agility capabilities), variables was used to ensure the validity of the qualitative analyzes. Contextual, interventional, agility outcomes, and 22 categories were designed for public universities in Tehran based on which the relationship between the elements of this model was identified.


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