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The Evolutionary Trajectory of the Agile Concept Viewed from a Management Fashion Perspective

Department of Business, Marketing and Law, School of Business, University of South-Eastern Norway, Bredalsveien 14, 3511 Hønefoss, Norway
Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(5), 69; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9050069
Received: 11 March 2020 / Revised: 20 April 2020 / Accepted: 22 April 2020 / Published: 6 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Social Economics)
Agile is one of the most popular contemporary management concepts and buzzwords. This paper provides an in-depth examination of the influence of the Agile concept on the discourse, thinking and practices of organizations worldwide. The paper traces the emergence and evolution of the Agile concept from inception to the present by synthesizing findings from a wide range of academic and practitioner-oriented sources. Overall, the picture that emerges from the analysis is that the Agile concept has grown considerably in popularity and has become one of the most dominant concepts in public management discourse. The popularization of Agile has, to a large extent, been driven by an active supply-side made up of actors such as consultants, coaches, and trainers. Another finding is that the Agile concept has evolved considerably over time, from its initial presentation as a narrow and specialized concept rooted in the software development community to a much broader and general approach applicable across nearly all types of organizations and industries. The broadening of the concept has led to neologisms such as Agile Marketing, Agile Government, and Agile Management. The paper ends with reflections on the current status of Agile and some speculation about the concept’s likely future trajectory. View Full-Text
Keywords: Agile; management concept; management fashion; emergence; evolution Agile; management concept; management fashion; emergence; evolution
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Madsen, D.Ø. The Evolutionary Trajectory of the Agile Concept Viewed from a Management Fashion Perspective. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 69.

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