A new way of operating and conducting work is emerging and evolving current systems of work.

This theme explored how RMIT can become an adaptive organisation.

The global RMIT community shared their thoughts on how we can make our University a more adaptive organisation that can better deliver on our purpose and meet the needs of the students and communities we serve.

We heard from staff, students, and industry partners through workshops and online conversations about the challenges and opportunities we are facing, and the next steps we need to take.

Key insights that emerged from the discussions include:

  • Change is now a constant and the pace of it has only been accelerated by COVID-19. Organisations can no longer lead through scale and efficiency alone; a new way of operating and conducting work is emerging, evolving current systems of work to meet a rapidly changing environment.
  • Inspiration can be found in a new generation of adaptive organisations, able to rapidly respond to a changing external environment, a shift in policy or change in customer preference.

Keep reading to see the community inputs and ideas on this important theme.

All of the insights gathered from the Reflections Phase will be incorporated into a Directions Paper, outlining the potential directions that will shape the final strategy and where we are heading as a University. The Directions will be launched in July!


Exploring the bigger picture

Analysis and thought-leadership from around the world, and important questions for us to consider.

Worldwide perspectives What does it mean for an organisation like RMIT to be adaptive? What capabilities, skills and ways of working must we develop to be more adaptive? How can we work in new ways, in partnership with a broader ecosystem of external partners rather than doing everything ourselves? How can we empower our people and teams, and allow decision making to be made in a network across the organisation?