Organizational Risk, Resilience and Reliability

Birmingham Business School, Room G07 University House
Wednesday 14th March 2018 (12:30-17:00)
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Dr Mark Hall:

Organizations of all types, whether operating the private sector, public sector or third sector, face technological, political and competitive risk and uncertainty of all sorts. Reliability and resilience rejects prescriptive models that focus on steps and stages, in favour of adopting a more holistic approach that analyses individual, group and systemic factors as a way to more effectively deal with emerging risk and uncertainty. To explore this, and build on past and developing research, The Risk, Reliability and Resilience (R3) cluster in the Birmingham Business School has brought together leading academics, each of whom will present a paper showcasing their current research on the subject. Participants are encouraged to explore issues around organizational risk and resilience with the presenters with a view to making sense of current directions, examining practical implications and exploring new avenues for research.

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12.30-13.00: Arrival

13.00-17.00: Presentation of four papers plus comments and feedback.

17.00: Post event drinks and networking

Papers presented by:

Professor Ian Colville (University of Bath)

On the back of his paper (published with Andrew Brown and Annie Pye) on Sensemaking, organizing and story-telling, published in Human Relations, our invited speaker Ian Colville will present his work in progress titled ‘Sensemaking on the run(?) : prospect , retrospect and reliability’.

Dr Amy Fraher (University of Birmingham)

Amy will spotlight the research in her recent publication (with Layla Branicki and Keith Grint) in Academy of Management Discoveries entitled ‘Mindfulness in Action: Discovering how U.S. Navy Seals Build Capacity for Mindfulness in High-Reliability Organizations (HROs)’.

Professor David Denyer (Cranfield University)

Having recently published a report for the British Standards Institute on organizational resilience, David picks up on some of this research in his paper entitled ‘Managing the paradox of risk, resilience and reliability’.

Dr Mark Hall (University of Birmingham)

As a follow-up to his book (published with Elmar Kutsch and Neil Turner) on Project resilience, Mark will present a paper entitled ‘Can Projects be Made Resilient?’ where he will explore the prospects for introducing resilience concepts in project settings.