Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises

A Toolkit for Dynamic Adaptation

  • Homa Bahrami
  • Stuart Evans

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Homa Bahrami, Stuart Evans
    Pages 1-13
  3. Homa Bahrami, Stuart Evans
    Pages 61-76
  4. Homa Bahrami, Stuart Evans
    Pages 169-176
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-209

About this book


Today, we live in a dynamic and inter-connected world. A multitude of "revision triggers" make it necessary to anticipate, prepare for, and continuously adapt to new realities. The key to dynamic adaptation we argue, is to become "super-flexible". Super-flexibility is defined as the ability to engage in a continuous balancing act: on the one hand, we need to withstand turbulence and create stable anchors, on the other hand, we have to transform and adapt to new realities. Our leadership "toolkit" should help us diagnose on the fly, and take rapid actions as new developments unfold. This book is about how business leaders  can harness uncertainty and make their teams and enterprises "super-flexible". Based on 25 years of field research, advisory work, and professional experience in Silicon Valley' s innovative ecosystem, the authors present a cross-functional, "general management" toolkit for strategizing, organizing, leading, and ultimately re-inventing knowledge enterprises for a dynamic world.


Dynamic Adaptation General Management Innovation Knowledge Workers Leadership Organizational Design Revision Super-flexibility business management organization organizations strategy

Authors and affiliations

  • Homa Bahrami
    • 1
  • Stuart Evans
    • 2
  1. 1.Haas School of BusinessUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.Silicon Valley CampusCarnegie Mellon UniversityMoffett FieldUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-02446-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-02447-4
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