Bruce A. Pasternack, Thomas D. Williams, and Paul

Alignment has come to mean that behavior throughout an organization is directed toward the achievement of shared goals: Through clear objectives and a commonly shared vision, alignment keeps a business focused. In this view, companies with high levels of alignment are “built to last,” and the task of leadership is to get “the right fit” among such institutional systems as strategy, metrics, and rewards.

But alignment is not so simple. It can be a positive force…or it can be a negative influence.

That’s where adaptability comes in. Organizational adaptability is the institutionalized ability to detect and cope with changes in the external environment, especially when such changes have been difficult to anticipate.

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