Resilient by Design (Hardcover)

Creating Businesses That Adapt and Flourish in a Changing World

By Dr. Joseph Fiksel

Island Press, 9781610915878, 264pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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As managers grapple with the challenges of climate change and volatility in a hyper-connected, global economy, they are paying increasing attention to their organization’s resilience—its capacity to survive, adapt, and flourish in the face of turbulent change. Sudden natural disasters and unforeseen supply chain disruptions are increasingly common in the new normal. Pursuing business as usual is no longer viable, and many companies are unaware of how fragile they really are. To cope with these challenges, management needs a new paradigm that takes an integrated view of the built environment, the ecosystems, and the social fabric in which their businesses operate.
Resilient by Design provides business executives with a comprehensive approach to achieving consistent success in a changing world. Rich with examples and case studies of organizations that are designing resilience into their business processes, it explains how to connect with important external systems—stakeholders, communities, infrastructure, supply chains, and natural resources—and create innovative, dynamic organizations that survive and prosper under any circumstances.
Resilient enterprises continue to grow and evolve in order to meet the needs and expectations of their shareholders and stakeholders. They adapt successfully to turbulence by anticipating disruptive changes, recognizing new business opportunities, building strong relationships, and designing resilient assets, products, and processes. Written by one of the leading experts in enterprise resilience and sustainability, Resilient by Design offers a confident path forward in a world that is increasingly less certain.

About the Author

Dr. Joseph Fiksel serves as Executive Director of the Sustainable and Resilient Economy program at The Ohio State University, and is a research faculty member in the Integrated Systems Engineering Department. He coordinates Ohio State’s collaboration with leading global companies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations to develop new methods and tools for improving the sustainability and resilience of enterprises and supply chains. Previously, he was Director of Decision & Risk Management at Arthur D. Little and Vice President for Life Cycle Management at Battelle. He holds a bachelor’s degree from M.I.T., a doctorate in Operations Research from Stanford University, and an advanced degree from La Sorbonne in Paris.

Praise For Resilient by Design: Creating Businesses That Adapt and Flourish in a Changing World

"Resilient by Design shows convincingly how resilience can be designed into core business processes, and offers fascinating real-world stories of resilience in action. It provides insight into how resilience aligns with the interests of business, society and the environment, making each stronger and more productive."

— Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group, and author, "Strategies for the Green Economy"

"Resilient by Design helps organizations to think about how to succeed, survive and adapt in our increasingly complex world. In order to survive, companies must account for social and environmental values in their systems, structures and processes. This book provides relevant lessons learned and frameworks for dealing with change."

— Chad Holliday, Chairman of the Board, Royal Dutch Shell

"It is time to redefine the role of business in society as we work together to bring humans into a sustainable relationship with the natural systems of the planet.  The concept of resilience as the key goal of living systems like people, nations, ecosystems and companies is an important addition to the growing literature around planetary sustainability.  Dr. Fiksel has here made a tremendous contribution by showing us not only the theory but the opportunity of resilience for our society and planet."

— Neil Hawkins, Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, The Dow Chemical Company

"This is a timely and important book that will come to be seen as a foundation text for companies' efforts to adapt and thrive in the face of the many global changes we can expect as this century unfolds.  The information contained in it can help enterprises realize that risk is here to stay and that forward looking companies will embrace risk and put it to work as a competitive advantage. Recommended reading for risk managers and strategists everywhere."

— Louis Ferretti and Peter Williams, IBM Corporation