International Journal of

Business & Management Studies

ISSN 2694-1430 (Print), ISSN 2694-1449 (Online)
DOI: 10.56734/ijbms
Adaptive Intelligence in Business: The Next Level of Organizational Sustainment


The concept of intelligence, as many prior researchers have suggested, is primarily tied to biological and cultural effectors. Intelligence refers to intellectual functioning. Organizations with specificity to those individuals within the ecosystem need to recognize and stand guard to support the notion of adaptability. In this sense, the workforce can have the ability to move to more efficient and effective actions to drive higher performance. Learning to be flexible and work in an open, cohesive manner is a means to adaptive intelligence. In fact, adopting a “look, listen and learn” mentality enables individuals within an organization to the adapt to changing environment real-time. Both adoption of novel approaches as well as adaptability to these approaches and development of a certain skill sets are both critical success factors in the drive to transformative organizational change. Learning by doing provides experience to employ in situations that may require adaption along with the ability to shape a particular environment. Adaptive intelligence at the micro-level and within a business setting provides organizations with the opportunity to have an engaged workforce who can continually deliver exceptional and collaborative performance for the greater good. Focusing on the individual mindset, organizations can build best in class teams who can adapt to the changing demands of the marketplace. Employ skills that are practical, agile and can be socialized are hallmarks of adaptive intelligence. A blend of IQ and emotional intelligence creates a soundness to an organization’s well-being and sustainability. Elements of critical thinking, as well as group think to synergize broad ideas and lastly, creativity all can be identified as rudiments within adaptive intelligence. Harnessing this phenomenon can provide organizations with a strong and clear path to greatness. The purpose of this article is to build upon the extraordinary prior work, especially of Robert Sternberg, and study the phenomena of adaptive intelligence within the context of business organizational ecosystems.