Welcome to the Log of Resilience

Resilience Alliance (www.resiliencealliance.org) is a highly influential organization in resilience research, which offers great perspectives and insights into resilience. One feature to be found on their website is the Threshold Database, a database documenting more than 71 socio-ecological and 32 ecological systems, their attractive states, and influential factors leading to resilience or lack of it. Interestingly, the phenomena documented ranges spatially from local to global and temporally from days to centuries. We see that most of the systems are related to fisheries, forests, and farming, which play crucial role in world economy and are relevant for sustainability.

However, once we enter the social realm, such a database is difficult to find. Anybody willing to get informed about social instances where an organization has demonstrated resilience needs to go through great efforts to have a general overview of the world of resilience out there. This Log is created to offer public a dataset of observations of resilience. Throughout my research, I came across many works which offer many examples of organizational resilience. Below you can find a table of which works give which examples and what actions have led to organizational resilience stands. Currently, all examples are presented as they are in the corresponding works; additional information will be collected later.

 

For a full interactive model of my literature review, you can also visit orgresilience.pythonanywhere.com.

Organization
Shock
Impact
Mechanism
Referred in
Fedex
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Every evening, 20-25 aircraft in the domestic system fly to Memphis with 60% capacity to recover "at risk" cargo
Weick and Sutcliffe (2007) "Managing the Unexpected"
Nokia
2000 Supplier facility destroyed by fire
Competitor Ericsson lost $400m
Search for alternative supplies
Fiksel (2015) "Resilient by Design"
L Brands
2002 PMA-ILWU Dispute - West Coast Port Lockout
Loss of sales $1b per day for US companies
Daily calls with associates, shipping ahead of schedule, rerouting products, airborne freight
Fiksel (2015) "Resilient by Design"
DHL
2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland
Air cargo shipments grounded for several months
Shift airplanes towards southern hubs, use truck delivery, stay in contact with customers
Fiksel (2015) "Resilient by Design"
GM
2011 Fukushima tsunami
Competitors needed two months to resume production
Focused war rooms set up, 118 problematic components identified, search for alternative supplies
Fiksel (2015) "Resilient by Design"
Cisco
2011 Fukushima tsunami
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Focused war rooms set up, decision-making centralized, communications with customers
Fiksel (2015) "Resilient by Design"
Fedex
2012 Hurricane Sandy
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Rent fuel tankers due to limited commercial gas stations
Fiksel (2015) "Resilient by Design"
Nestlé
Climate change
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Cooperate with local coffee farmers
Fiksel (2015) "Resilient by Design"