Biomimicry ants

Can ant cooperation make organisations more adaptable?

Creating agile and adaptable organisations

Did you know that ants work so well together that biologists refer to their colonies as a single organism? Now, their cooperative skills are inspiring leaders to build more adaptable organisations.

At PA, our approach to creating adaptable organisations mirrors the distributed and collective decision-making of an ant colony. We empower individuals to act quickly and adapt to the changing world based on a clear purpose. It’s an agile approach that our research shows improves financial performance.

For example, we accelerated the delivery of new capabilities by 20 per cent at asset management company Schroders by designing a new operating model that empowers people to make decisions and take ownership. And we reduced time to value by 40-60 per cent while improving quality at pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca by helping more than 1,000 employees learn agile techniques.

Helping organisations adapt and transform

We continue to help some of the world’s largest and most successful organisations adapt and transform, including:

  • Designing the UK Space Agency’s target operating model, strategy and business case to safely achieve the UK’s spaceflight ambitions
  • Reducing the time it takes to log a complaint about care services by over 75 per cent by developing new software for Scottish regulator, The Care Inspectorate
  • Improving people’s health by showing health insurer Healthfirst how to better manage patient contact campaigns with new tools and systems
  • Protecting people by embedding advanced data management systems that improve information sharing across 14 UK police forces, helping them solve more crimes.

About PA

We believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future. As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we create opportunity from complexity. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster.

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