Edited by Matthias Ruth and Stefan Goessling-Reisemann
Chapter 4: Essentials of resilience, revisited
This chapter reviews several ‘essentials’ that enable systems to perform resiliently. These essentials are concepts that have emerged from studies in multiple settings of what makes the difference between resilient performance and brittle collapse as surprises occur and disturbances cascade, regardless of the particular setting or scale. The chapter updates several of the essentials that emerged from the initial inquiries into resilience engineering and then covers additional essentials – initiative, managing the expression of initiative, and reciprocity. These are covered because they raise scientific challenges at the same time as they provide practical guidance to working organizations plagued by complexity, surprise and brittleness. The intention is to stimulate the process of discovery of the fundamentals that lead to resilient performance in complex systems.
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