In today’s fast-paced and ever-changing business landscape, organizations are constantly seeking innovative solutions to tackle complex problems. In my conversation with Paulo Savaget, author of ‘The Four Workarounds: Strategies from the World’s Scrappiest Organizations for Tackling Complex Problems,’ we explored the intriguing world of workarounds—a revolutionary approach to problem-solving. As an associate professor at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, Savaget brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, shedding light on the transformative potential of workarounds.
For ages, global corporations have been lecturing small organizations and not-for-profits on how to get things done. As it turns out, it may have been better if it was the other way around. Many small organizations, such as those dedicated to social action, have made an art form out of subverting the status quo and prove themselves adept at achieving massive wins with minimal resources.