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ResCas

ResCas - Supporting organizational resilience in complex adaptive systems

In the current networked and locally distributed work life old types of managing and leading organisations are not sufficient any more. The operating environment is constantly changing, e.g. due to the effects of globalization and new technology. In order to survive or even prosper in times of crisis and big changes organisations need a real paradigm change. Fundamentally new practices and abilities must be developed both on organisational and individual level. Instead of machine like entities, organisations should be viewed as complex adaptive systems. They consist of diverse agents that learn and interact with each other in nonlinear and surprising ways and self-organize. Instead of detailed planning and controlling, an organisation should aim to develop its resilience.

Traditionally, resilience is seen as organisational ability to maintain itself despite unpredictable disturbances. Our aim is to widen the application area to cases where resilience (or a related concept) is seen as an ability to use the turbulences in the organisation’s operational environment even as a source of energy and basis for prospering. The goal of the RESCAS project is to identify and describe organisational practices and individual capabilities that contribute to organisational resilience. Practical models and tools to support resilience will be developed and disseminated in the project.

The project is part of the Liideri programme by Tekes and it is linked to the Working life 2020 programme coordinated by Ministry of Employment and the Economy.