Organizational agility is "the ability of an organization to renew itself, adapt, change quickly and succeed in a rapidly changing, ambiguous, turbulent environment," according to McKinsey. True agility requires stability and dynamic capability in equal measure. Too much of the former, and your organization becomes too rigid to respond to change. Too much of the latter, and you risk decentralization.
Organizational agility is as relevant in higher education as it is to the enterprise. Agility helps institutions do more than weather sudden disruptions that compromise their ability to conduct their core missions. It also helps them capitalize on emerging market opportunities and gain an edge on less flexible competitors.
To increase agility, colleges and universities must lean into digital transformation for higher education. They need reliable, secure and scalable networks that support various educational use cases on and off campus. For example, a university could use software-defined networking and network function virtualization to automate core network functions and simplify digital learning experiences. By keeping the digital campus connected and engaged, the university could build agility into its network and create the capacity for change.