Resilience: Great concept … but what does it mean for organisations?

Erica Seville

Tephra, Vol 22 pp 9 – 15. 2009. Community Resilience Special Issue


In 2003, when our Resilient Organisations research team fist embarked on resilience research, few organisations were talking ‘resilience’.  The term had been used in a variety of academic disciplines ranging from ecology through to psychology, but it remained quite a theoretical concept;  there was little advice available on how to achieve greater resilience for organisations.  Rolling forward to 2009 and one of our Steering Committee members recent joked that “resilience is the new black”.  Everywhere you turn, the word resilience just keeps cropping up.

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