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Becoming lean, mean and agile

More and more companies are relying on small, entrepreneurial, self-managing teams to run their businesses.

When agile works, it can lead to remarkable results. The Gripen, at US$43 million each, is surely one of the most complex products in the world. It has been deemed the world's most cost-effective military aircraft by IHS Jane's.

GRAB buys Uber. Takeda Pharmaceutical buys Shire. Disney - or maybe Comcast - buys most of 21st Century Fox. Around the world, the news these days seems to be all about industry consolidation - the big getting bigger.

But what's happening inside some of these large organisations is...

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