Institutional Agility and Future Governments
Dr. Ahmad Thougan Hindawi gave a lecture “remotely” on 31 May 2020 titled “Institutional Agility & Future Governments”. Dr. Hindawi invited by Dr. Rabaa Al-Ajarma, Director of the Institute of Public Administration, with participation of Dr. Khalid Al-Wazani, President of the Investment Authority.
The workshop was presented by Mr. Sameh Al Nasser, Head of the Civil Service Bureau, and attended by the high-level secretaries and directors-general of ministries and government departments in Jordan, including: The Supreme Health Council, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Transport, the Integrity and Anti-Corruption Authority, the Investment Authority, the City and Village Development Bank and the Districts Company. The Department of Land and Survey, Legislation & Opinion Bureau, the Petra Regional Authority, the Atomic Energy Authority, the Energy and Minerals Sector Regulatory Authority, the Jordan News Agency-Petra, the Institute of Public Administration and other ministries and government departments.
The lecture included a definition of the concept of institutional agility in government institutions and the development of this concept over the past years, and the difference between the concepts of agility and institutional flexibility with a focus on the concepts of proactiveness and initiative, speed in making and implementing government decisions, development and continuous improvement in performance. The Webinar also touched on the most prominent elements of institutional agility from Future Shaping, creativity, innovation, change management, excellence, speed, cooperation and participation.
It also addressed the most prominent topics that should be directed to the culture of institutional agility, whether the ministry’s strategy/ department, organizational structure, operations, human capital and technical structure. The Webinar focused on the importance of empowering and motivating employees and eliminating the culture of fear as the main pillars of the concept of institutional agility in ministries and government departments. Many international and Arab experiences have also been reviewed in both the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the UAE in institutional agility, some of which have been successful and have not been successful in rooting out the ideology and culture of corporate agility from the private and public sectors. These include the experiences of Nokia and Kodak companies compared to Apple and Sony, the experiences of the participating ministries and institutions, the winners of the King Abdullah II Award for Excellence in Government Performance and the Dubai Government Excellence Program, and how these ministries and government departments adopt the concepts and culture of corporate agility in government work.