Graduate Researcher Affiliates Programme

In 2014, Resilient Organisations set up a network of graduates researching in the area of resilience. The programme enabled students to connect with Resilient Organisations as well as other graduate researchers from around the world, to enhance both the quality of the research as well as graduate’s enjoyment of the process!

Our current affiliates and their research

Abanti Antara
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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Tourism surviving the impact of natural disasters: Exploring the response in developed and developing economies

Natural disasters, such as the Canterbury earthquakes of 2010-11, often cause serious destruction and disruption to tourism activities. It is generally accepted that science cannot predict and provide timely alarm warnings before these disasters so that industries, such as tourism, can prepare for the impact. This research explores how tourism can survive, revive and rebuild after massive disasters. This research will examine tourism marketing, services and activities in the post-disaster context of the Canterbury earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Both primary and secondary data sources will be used for this research. Document analysis, surveys and semi-structured interviews will be conducted to explore how service providers are rebuilding the tourism industry. This research will contribute to understanding of how best to improve tourism resilience, preparation and planning. The outcomes will focus on requirements for investment, collaborative approaches, and innovative thinking for management of disasters in New Zealand and elsewhere.

Trudi Cameron-Agnew
Lincoln University, New Zealand

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What impact might the post-disaster setting have on creative tendencies, the enactment of creative ideas and ability to sustain those ideas?

This is a study designed to investigate the influential factors on the enactment and sustainment of creative ideas in a post-disaster setting.

The study aims to identify and explore the personal and contextual factors that influence individuals to enact creative ideas for community or commercial benefit in the post-quake environment of Christchurch, New Zealand. The project also aims to investigate the factors that hinder or support the process of creative idea enactment and the ability to sustain any achieved success. This is an exploratory study utilising a mixed method approach to data gathering.

Anoosheh Haghshenas
Skema Business School, France

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The Impact of Emotionally Intelligent Leaders on Organizational Resilience

The great number of conducted researches on leadership indicates the important impact that leaders can make on subordinates and eventually on the organization. In this paper I look at this impact from an Emotional Intelligence (EI) theory perspective. For the purpose of this quantitative study I develop and test our model that proposes indirect relationship between EI of leaders and organizational resilience mediating by leader's resilience.

Bernard Jones
New Jersey City University, United States

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Organizational Resilience and Impact on Disaster Preparedness and Response.

This research study will examine organizational resilience and disaster preparedness and response with the objective of determining if organizational resilience has an impact on behavior, coordination, and performance.
Different types of organizations will be provided a survey instrument as part of this research study.
In addition, the research will test theory through observation and data by utilizing “in-depth” as well as group interviews.  

A comparative analysis of resilience within United States organizations will also be addressed. What are the salient characteristics which surface when comparing highly resilient organizations with organizations which score low on resilience?

Researchers continue to study disaster preparedness and response to learn how to better enhance organizational resiliency. It has been shown that disasters present severe consequences for any organization not able to mitigate, plan for, respond to, or recover from such events.  

The consequences can be sizable including the possible loss of customers, negative impact to company brand and stock price, or the organization possibly going out of business entirely.

In summary, the importance of this research study is that it can potentially benefit organizations in terms of learning what their own “organizational resilience” metric represents and the characteristics which identify HROs.

Tim Jordan
University of Leicester, UK

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Resilience in the 21st Century: Challenges and Implications for Individuals and Businesses

My work focusses on connecting the dots between individual resilience and business resilience in the 21st century.
For me this is the way forward in academic resilience thinking.

Some scientific disciplines divide the nature of objects or systems into fragments to study them. In contrast to that, I want to research and study interfaces of what we usually divide with our language (e.g. people and business).

Praveen Kannan
University of Adelaide, Australia

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Contextual relationship between Organisation Resilience and Innovation

I am studying the contextual relationship between Organisation Resilience and Innovation.

In specific I am interested to find how planned additional capacity (redundancy) in the organisation can be a source for organisation innovation. Likewise how Innovative organisation can exhibit more resilient traits during the time of disaster and crisis. I am going to start with an exploratory analysis using a time-series longitudinal study to find out how innovation helped organisation mitigate the crisis.  Then I am going to do a phase 2 study of how planned capacity and resiliency could foster innovation.

Amanda Lunt
University of Tasmania, Australia

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Identifying predictors of an organisation’s resilience: an empirical investigation

Theories of resilience have been developed in different disciplines. This multi-disciplinary history adds to the fractious nature of the field – multiple definitions, developed for particular contexts, most of which are difficult to operationalise. Organisational and business literature house influential investigations of organisations that have experienced a ‘crisis’, in keeping with the idea of resilience evidenced through 'bouncing back'.

What if resilience, in context of a Darwinian perspective, is also evidenced by persistence, with relatively few externally visible crises… evidence of goodness of fit to the environment?

I am investigating this question further using Yin’s case study methodology. Rather than considering internal organisational processes or business structures, this study takes a black-box view of individual organisations. The focus is on evidence of organisations' fit to their environment relative to their past performance and the performance of the other organisations within the case study boundary.

Reported company data are being combined with annualised measurements of individual organisations’ performance and persistence in datasets sufficiently large to apply data-driven machine-learning classification techniques. The resulting models will be interrogated to identify the independent variables having greatest impact on the outcome. These empirical results will be progressively related back to existing resilience theory in an inductive process which will be specifically directed at identifying indicators that are predictive of an organisation’s resilience in the context of overall persistence.

David Parsons
Charles Sturt University, Australia

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Socio-political consequences of mining disaster response and recovery

The majority of books and films released after mining disasters deal principally with the rescue operation. My research will identify the socio-political issues that need to be managed in the response to and recovery from a mining disaster. The research will use case study interviews and literature reviews to identify the range of management issues. As a result of the research a planning guide will be released for use by emergency management planning committees in mining communities.

Jennie Phillips
University of Toronto, Canada

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As Deibert (2013) states “Cyber Space is now an unavoidable reality that wraps our planet in a complex information and communications skin” (p29). We are no longer online or offline, we are immersed, and this metamorphosis has important implications for the integration and innovation of humanitarian technologies in the emergency management context.

My study examines a) how citizens behave online during crises into four groups of “digital response networks”: affected communities, diaspora, digital humanitarians and digital activists; b) the digital, physical and psychological risks associated with these response patterns; c) the context surrounding these risks i.e. the nature and composition of these networks, vulnerabilities, skills and knowledge around crisis preparedness; and d) the application of organizational resilience theory to these digital response networks. A resilient organization “…is one that not only survives, but is also able to thrive in an environment of change and uncertainty” (Seville, et al., 2008, p. 2). Resilience accommodates for the dynamic, complexities that arise from convergence of technology with human behaviour.

The research is a three part study. The first part is a case study of a Digital Activist Network (DAN) called the Cyber Stewards Network (CSN). The CSN is a project out of the Citizen Lab, University of Toronto. The second part is a comparative study between a DAN (the CSN) and a non-digital humanitarian network (Doctors without Borders / Médecins sans Frontières). The third part is a case study of the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN), specifically looking at how resilience is developed in communities using networks. This portion will be completed through an internship position with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva. The desired outcome of this project is to identify a framework for the development of resilience in networks or distributed organizations in high risk contexts.

Christina Stothard
University of South Australia, Australia

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The Army as a Learning Organisation; Using structural equation modelling to evaluate the learning capacity of the military

Organisational learning is a key pathway for improving organisational performance, including  resilience. Although previous studies have elucidated what factors effect organisational learning, how these factors interact to generate learning capacity has not been examined. This proposal aims to provide an understanding of these critical pathways by conducting a quantitative evaluation of learning organisation models to the military. In addition, although numerous studies have linked learning to improved organisational performance, little attention has been paid to common methodological weaknesses in the operationalized theoretical constructs of organisational learning. Current weaknesses are addressed in order to develop more robust measures of organisational learning that can be meaningfully applied.

Marion Tan
Massey University - Joint Centre for Disaster Research

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Citizen-centred perspective in the development of mobile apps for disaster resilience

How members of society interact (citizens, media and authorities) during disaster situations has significantly changed because of technological advancements and new media evolution. The modality changes in crisis communication poses risks to public misinformation and confusion if not adopted and addressed.  Advancements in information communications technology tools (such as mobile apps) has great potential for improving the public’s resilience to disasters; but it also poses risks if these technologies are not designed properly in the context of its users – the citizens. This thesis looks into comprehending citizen insight into the design and development of technologies intended for aiding in disaster resilience.

Kuniyuki Tashiro
Hosei University Graduate School, Japan

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Development of methodology to evaluate organizational resilience quantitatively

Currently we don't have any quantitative evaluation method for organizational resilience. However it would be useful for various industries to improve resilience of each organization, its supply chain, industry, economy. The result of the evaluation would be motivation to improve resilience for organizations, should be reference for investors, might be reference to choose suppliers or service providers. The aim of the research is to develop quantitative way to evaluate organizational resilience.