Education System and Agility Culture

Gohartaj-Faraneh Razzaghi, Afsaneh Zamani Moghaddam, Parivash Jafari


The aim of the present paper is to present a model for agility culture in university and achieving as much as possible agility in Islamic Azad University in today’s changing world by addressing following questions:

  1. 1.      Which cultural dimensions and components contribute to the organizational agility?
  2. 2.      How is the cultural dimensions and components of the Islamic Azad University?
  3. 3.      Are agility components of Islamic Azad University in satisfactory conditions?
  4. 4.      What is the appropriate cultural model for explanation of these factors?

The type of the research is applied and the method of research is survey and data are collected using combined method. Statistical population of the research includes employees and faculties of the zone 8 of Tehran Islamic Azad Universities during 2015-16 and covers 12,971 persons who serve in 34 academic units. Determination of the statistical sample of research is performed using quantitative method with single-stage, clustering random sampling and is studied in two levels; faculties and employees.

With respect to method, this research is survey and of correlation type with respect to data collection, combined method. Research tool is the questionnaire designed by researcher and for determination of the validity of the questionnaire, exploratory factor analysis is used.

Results revealed that among cultural components, personal factors including “psychological capital”, “spirituality, trust, commitment and emotional intelligence” and “collectivism and team-working” and organizational factors including “change-orientation, futurism and competitive intelligence”, “empowerment”, “quality and performance-orientation” and “fairness in using facilities” are effective. Results of the factor analysis and model fitness which have appropriate indices yield a model which best describe the cultural components and dimensions leading to improvement of the agility.

Furthermore, investigation of the relationship between factors illustrated that there is a significant relationship between cultural components and personal and organizational dimensions and agility. Finally, recommendations are provided.


Organizational Agility, Agility Culture, University.

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