In my doctoral thesis I asked myself how the agility in organizations can be fostered. A rather complex problem, since organizations are social systems with interdependent effects. In addition, agility was at that time mostly coined from the IT environment. My dissertation, which I was able to submit for final review these days, is unlikely to change the world. However, it has solved problems for the participating teams and at the same time led to design principles that can be translated into different contexts by other organizations.
In this article, therefore, I would like to elaborate my methodical experiences which have helped me to solve the practical problem.
From science for practice
For my research I used the methodology of „Design-Based Research“ (DBR). A relatively new research approach in science that is strongly practice-oriented. At this point, however, I do not want to go into the controversial discourse in science, but rather elaborate the helpful design principles from the DBR approach. The effectiveness of DBR has been demonstrated not only in my research, but for many other researchers who have worked with it. In addition, many aspects of design thinking can be found here; an approach that is becoming increasingly popular in practice.
The method for solving complex problems in detail