Strategic Agility: Linking People and Organisational Performance of Private Higher Learning Institutions in Malaysia

  • Josephine Ie Lyn Chan Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Rajendran Muthuveloo Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Keywords: People, organisational performance, strategic agility, mediating effect, private higher education


Strategic agility arises from the capabilities of people. Ultimately, in today’s turbulent business landscape, organisations need strategic agility to acquire the dynamism to achieve their goals. The main purpose of the study is to examine the relationship between people, strategic agility, and organisational performance. The partial least squares equation modelling technique (PLS-SEM) was utilised on a dataset of 155 private higher learning institutions in Malaysia. The results did not support the direct relationship between people and organisational performance. Instead, it confirmed the mediating effect of strategic agility in the relationship. This finding provided significant contribution as strategic agility, created by people, was empirically proven as a crucial link that needs to be prioritised by private higher learning institutions in Malaysia. With strategic agility, private higher learning institutions will be able to optimise their performance in order to attain business sustainability in the current dynamic market.


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How to Cite
Josephine Ie Lyn Chan, & Rajendran Muthuveloo. (2022). Strategic Agility: Linking People and Organisational Performance of Private Higher Learning Institutions in Malaysia. International Journal of Business and Society, 23(1), 342-358.