Objective: The study's primary goal was to uncover the reality of organizational agility in emerging Saudi universities. It also aimed to determine the statistical variances between the mean scores of the sample used in the axes of the organizational agility questionnaire for emerging Saudi universities. The main variables used are gender, academic position, and years of experience. Lastly, this research aimed to present a proposal for using the organizational agility approach to face the repercussions of the coronavirus in emerging Saudi universities.
Methodology: The study utilized the descriptive method. The data collection process entailed handing out questionnaires to a sample of 747 faculty members in Jazan, Bishah, Hafar Al-Batin, Shaqraa, and Najran Universities. The questionnaires were handed out in the second semester of 2020.
Results: Emerging Saudi universities regularly practice organizational agility in light of the emerging coronavirus with high flexibility at moderate costs. The study's results also indicated mathematically substantial variances at the (0.05) degree of viability between the average of the male sample and the average of the female sample in favor of the female sample in the timing and the flexibility of practices. It also indicated statistically significant variances at the degree of significance (0.05) between the mean scores of the research sample, attributed to the difference in the academic position in the timing, the flexibility, and the cost of practices. Lastly, it indicated no statistically significant variances at the degree of significance (0.05) between the mean scores of the research sample, which was attributed to the variable ‘years of experience’.
Applications of this study: The study is beneficial to faculty members regarding the scientific knowledge it offers on the reality of organizational agility in emerging Saudi universities. They can use the results of the study to participate in improving the organizational capacity of their universities. The study is among the first studies in the organizational agility field conducted in the Saudi environment. Moreover, the study provides a better comprehension of organizational capacity in emerging Saudi universities. It also offers new knowledge as it comes up with a proposed vision for the use of organizational agility in Saudi universities in facing the repercussions of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Keywords: Organizational agility; Strategy; Coronavirus.