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Resilience Discussion Papers


These SQUARED APPLES discussion papers seek to explore the concept of Resilience across the business and industry sectors. They are aimed at sparking discussion and debate, with the end goal of increasing awareness across buisness sectors. The papers cover the following areas:


  • Building a strategic understanding of a crisis;
  • Obtaining the edge within the market;
  • Building organisational resilience within today's complex environment; and
  •  Understanding what is organisational resilience.


Please see below for a synopsis of each business research article. If you wish to read the whole report, for free please contact us below.


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Business Research Paper 4: The Importance of building a Strategic Understanding of Potential Crises.

Recent lessons and experience from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the most severe of storms to strike the US prior to Hurricane Harvey, presented opportunities to mitigate some of the effects of another devastating weather event. As this paper discusses, a number of those lessons have not been fully implemented, while in some areas there have been backward steps since the Trump administration entered the Whitehouse. This paper seeks to generate some thoughts about potential opportunities for business by reviewing how a US organisation responded to Hurricane Katrina, as well as analysing some of the lessons that seem to have been missed when responding to Hurricane Harvey.

Business Research Paper 3: Gaining the Edge in  Business Through Counter Insurgency Know How.

In the current chaotic climate that the UK business framework is operating within, we are regularly hearing about the need for greater resilience within individuals, organisations and communities. As businesses are re-adjusting to the financial, psychological, social and reputational impacts of Brexit and are attempting to understand what the future landscape holds for them, resilience has become identified as the key strategic element that organisations, no matter their size or framework, require to stay afloat during these changing times.

Business Research Paper 2: Clausewitz and Building Organisational Resilience in Today’s Complex  Environment

In contrast to the Cold War experience of inter-state conflict framed by the interests and postulations of two super powers, the blurring of the tactical, operational and strategic boundaries has become increasingly common. Corporate and military actions are now intertwined, with each affecting the potential success of the other. The ability for the military, business sectors, law enforcement agencies and government departments to work together to develop national resilience through the creation of organisational resilience is critical to enable the UK commercial and industrial sectors to thrive during these difficult and turbulent times.

Business Research Paper 1: What is the importance of Organisational Resilience?

This first paper in a series seeks to explore the concept of Resilience within the business world. As the need for Organisational Resilience takes shape within a complex and fluctuating business space, this paper analyses currents thoughts on the topic.

The ideas and concepts discussed seek to create discussion and debate around the topic in the bid to increase awareness and understanding.

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  • Charles Thomas (Wednesday, December 21 16 09:32 am GMT)

    I have found my working life frustrated by a lack of various characteristics in the management systems and managers I have worked within and for over the nearly forty years since Commissioning into the Territorial Army and my subsequent rise up the c of c to Command. Principles of War, Seven Questions and the Orders process - the military at large - are all very adaptable to the business, and public service, world. I found the paper insightful. I must read papers 1 and 2 which I now see are below.

  • manicure (Monday, April 24 17 04:35 am BST)

    You have made some decent points there. I looked on the net for more information about
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