Identify and Rank the Factors Affecting the Formation of the Agility Capabilities (Case study: The Automobile Trading Companies)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Prof. of Industrial Management, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Associate Prof. of Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.

3 Associate Prof. Industrial Management, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.

4 Associate Prof., Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

5 Ph.D. Candidate of Industrial Management, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran, Iran.


The present study intended to Identify and rank the factors affecting the formation of the agility capabilities in the automobile industry of Iran. Initially the theoretical principles were discussed. The data gathered in this stage provided us with the possibility to present a conceptual framework for the study. Subsequently, through interviewing with experts, some indices for evaluating the variables in the model were identified. On the following stage, a questionnaire was developed. The questionnaire included 116 items, based on a 7-point Likert scale. After determining the validity and reliability of the questionnaire, 250 experts in automobile industry, chosen by cluster sampling, completed the questionnaire. The results of the research revealed that agility capability, and the internal supply chain of the organizations were less affected by environmental factors than agility enablers. The environmental stimuli by means of agility enablers, supply chain processes, agility capabilities influence organizations. Moreover, using the delta model, the effect of environmental factors on strategic position that an organization finds for itself in the marketplace, was analyzed. And finally, the subsets of the main aspects of the model were prioritized through DEMATEL technique.


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