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Organisational Resilience is more than just Business Continuity

Organisational Resilience is more than just Business Continuity

In this video John Vargo presents at the 2016 People in Disasters Conference.

Business Continuity Management is well-established process in many larger organisations and a key element in their emergency planning. Research carried out by Resilient Organisations follow the 2010 and 2011 Canterbury Earthquakes show that most small organisations did not have a business continuity plan (BCP), yet many of these organisations did survive the massive disruptions following the earthquakes. This research also found that many of the organisations with BCP's, struggled to use them effectively when facing real events that did not align with the BCP.

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Disaster Recovery

Resilient Organsations researcher Suzanne Wilkinson presented an inaugural lecture in December, 2015 focusing on lessons learned from the complex problems faced by different groups – in particular, communities after the major Christchurch earthquakes and 2009 Australian bushfires – as they recover from devastating natural disasters, and the role the construction industry played in this.


What Makes Organisations Resilient?

A research team, co-ordinated by Resilient Organisations researchers Bernard Walker and Venkataraman Nilakant, conducted a major, three-year study aimed at enhancing the resilience of infrastructure organisations. The outcomes from the project were presented in workshops for leaders of essential services / emergency services organisations.

This video shows a section of a workshop where Bernard, Nilakant and Joana outline key findings from the project.


Disaster Recovery

Resilient Organsations researcher Suzanne Wilkinson presented an inaugural lecture in December, 2015 focusing on lessons learned from the complex problems faced by different groups – in particular, communities after the major Christchurch earthquakes and 2009 Australian bushfires – as they recover from devastating natural disasters, and the role the construction industry played in this.


What Makes Organisations Resilient?

A research team, co-ordinated by Resilient Organisations researchers Bernard Walker and Venkataraman Nilakant, conducted a major, three-year study aimed at enhancing the resilience of infrastructure organisations. The outcomes from the project were presented in workshops for leaders of essential services / emergency services organisations.

This video shows a section of a workshop where Bernard, Nilakant and Joana outline key findings from the project.


Resilience Opportunities Workshops: Research Showcase

Resilient Organisations ran a series of events to showcase and discuss resilience ideas.
Each event was designed as a two-part, interactive workshop, providing participants with the opportunity to engage with others and to develop practical action plans. 

In this video Resilient Organisations co-leaders John Vargo and Erica Seville present the latest research in the field.
Check out the full workshop findings - Resilient Opportunities Workshop Summaries.


Discover Key Elements That Strengthen Organisational Resilience

For 10 years, Resilient Organisations and the University of Canterbury have been working with businesses, government and community organisations to discover and implement the key elements that strengthen organisational resilience.


Measuring your Organisation's Resilience

In this presentation Dr Erica Seville describes why organisations need to better understand their level of resilience, and describes the Benchmark Resilience Tool, developed by the Resilient Organisations research programme in New Zealand for tracking an organisation's level of resilience over time.


Recovery Paradoxes

John Vargo explores paradoxes relating to insurance coverage, planning and business recovery two years and 12000 earthquakes on from the devastating February 2011 Canterbury earthquake.


The Economic Case for Housing the Workforce

In this presentation Alice Chang-Richards explains why there is an economic as well as a social case for providing interim housing for the incoming workforce for a major reconstruction effort following disasters.


Insurance - a help or hindrance to recovery?

In this presentation Charlotte Brown explains the issues that have emerged with the settlement of commercial insurance claims following the Canterbury earthquakes in New Zealand.


Christchurch – Progress on the Recovery of the Built Environment

In this presentation Dave Brunsdon explains how far the Christchurch rebuild has progressed over the past two and a half years, highlighting both successes and ongoing bottlenecks for the city’s recovery.


Build Back Better – A Realistic Goal?

Sandeeka Mannakkara explains how the Build Back Better concept and framework is a valuable tool to be used throughout post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.