About this series
The main objective of this series on Flexible Systems Management is to provide a rich collection of research as well as practice based contributions, from different contexts, that can serve as reference material in this upcoming area. Some of these books will be published in association with ‘Global Institute of Flexible Systems Management’. It will help in cross-fertilizing ideas from different perspectives of flexibility so as to consolidate and enrich the paradigm of flexible systems management. The audience for the volumes under this series includes researchers, management students/teachers, and practitioners interested in exploring various facets of flexibility research and practice. The series features five types of books: • Post conference volumes containing peer reviewed high quality research papers around a theme and clustered in sub-themes that can act as good reference material. • Contributed thematic volumes based on invited papers from leading professionals, from academia as well practicing world, containing state of the art on an emerging theme. • Research monographs based on research work making a comprehensive contribution to the body of knowledge. • Books based on novel frameworks and methodologies covering new developments that are well tested and ready for wider application in research as well as practice. • Business practices and case based books documenting flexibility practices, strategies, and systems in real life organizations. The series covers multiple perspectives of flexible systems management; some leading ones, inter alia, are: • Holistic management of organizational paradoxes with systemic flexibility: including various connotations such as ambidexterity, adaptability, responsiveness, openness, customization, localization, agility, vitality, sustainability, etc. • Business agility infused by new information and communication technologies: including volatile and virtual business, developments in information and communication technologies generating IT agility such as cloud computing, social networking, knowledge based systems, search technologies, mobile transactions, business continuity, disaster recovery, etc. • Managing innovation, strategic change and risk: including strategic change, confluence of continuity and change, strategic flexibility, strategy execution, innovation in products/services, processes, management practices, and strategies, business dynamics, business uncertainty and associated risk, etc. • Flexibility in various operations for achieving business excellence: including organizational flexibility, financial flexibility, manufacturing flexibility, information systems flexibility, marketing flexibility, operational and supply chain flexibility, technology management flexibility, flexibility in business excellence/maturity models, etc.