Title:
Resilience and Complexity: Conjoining the Discourses of Two Contested Concepts
Author:
Rasmus Dahlberg: Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE), Copenhagen University, Denmark
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1572541
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Year:
2015
Volume:
7
Theme:
Theme: Cultures of Disasters Edited by Anders Ekström and Kyrre Kverndokk
Pages:
541-557
No. of pages:
17
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2015-10-28


This paper explores two key concepts: resilience and complexity. The first is understood as an emergent property of the latter, and their inter-relatedness is discussed using a three tier approach. First, by exploring the discourse of each concept, next, by analyzing underlying relationships and, finally, by presenting the Cynefin Framework for Sense-Making as a tool of explicatory potential that has already shown its usefulness in several contexts. I further emphasize linking the two concepts into a common and, hopefully, useful concept. Furthermore, I argue that a resilient system is not merely robust. Robustness is a property of simple or complicated systems characterized by predictable behavior, enabling the system to bounce back to its normal state following a perturbation. Resilience, however, is an emergent property of complex adaptive systems. It is suggested that this distinction is important when designing and managing socio-technological and socio-economic systems with the ability to recover from sudden impact.

Keywords: Resilience; robustness; complexity; emergency management; Cynefin Framework.

Volume 7, Theme:: Theme: Cultures of Disasters Edited by Anders Ekström and Kyrre Kverndokk, Article 11, 2015

Author:
Rasmus Dahlberg
Title:
Resilience and Complexity: Conjoining the Discourses of Two Contested Concepts:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.1572541
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