Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Siri Wiig, Babette Fahlbruch
    Pages 1-5 Open Access
  3. Jean-Christophe Le Coze
    Pages 7-13 Open Access
  4. Janet E. Anderson, A. J. Ross, J. Back, M. Duncan, P. Jaye
    Pages 25-31 Open Access
  5. Michael Baram
    Pages 33-40 Open Access
  6. Miltos Kyriakidis, Vinh N. Dang
    Pages 41-49 Open Access
  7. Gudela Grote
    Pages 59-67 Open Access
  8. Teemu Reiman, Kaupo Viitanen
    Pages 69-77 Open Access
  9. Siv Hilde Berg, Karina Aase
    Pages 79-87 Open Access
  10. Mary Chambers, Marianne Storm
    Pages 113-119 Open Access
  11. Carl Macrae, Siri Wiig
    Pages 121-128 Open Access

About this book


Resilience has become an important topic on the safety research agenda and in organizational practice. Most empirical work on resilience has been descriptive, identifying characteristics of work and organizing activity which allow organizations to cope with unexpected situations. Fewer studies have developed testable models and theories that can be used to support interventions aiming to increase resilience and improve safety.  In addition, the absent integration of different system levels from individuals, teams, organizations, regulatory bodies, and policy level in theory and practice imply that mechanisms through which resilience is linked across complex systems are not yet well understood. Scientific efforts have been made to develop constructs and models that present relationships; however, these cannot be characterized as sufficient for theory building. There is a need for taking a broader look at resilience practices as a foundation for developing a theoretical framework that can help improve safety in complex systems.

This book does not advocate for one definition or one field of research when talking about resilience; it does not assume that the use of resilience concepts is necessarily positive for safety. We encourage a broad approach, seeking inspiration across different scientific and practical domains for the purpose of further developing resilience at a theoretical and an operational level of relevance for different high-risk industries. The aim of the book is twofold:

1. To explore different approaches for operationalization of resilience across scientific disciplines and system levels.

2. To create a theoretical foundation for a resilience framework across scientific disciplines and system levels.

By presenting chapters from leading international authors representing different research disciplines and practical fields we develop suggestions and inspiration for the research community and practitioners in high-risk industries.

This book is Open Access under a CC-BY licence. 


Reslience engineering Resilient organizations Safety research Operationalization of resilience resilience framework FonCSI Foundation for an Industrial Safety Culture Open Access

Editors and affiliations

  • Siri Wiig
    • 1
  • Babette Fahlbruch
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Health Sciences, SHARE-Centre for Resilience in HealthcareUniversity of StavangerStavangerNorway
  2. 2.TÜV Nord EnSys GmbH & Co. KGBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03188-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03189-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-530X
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-5318
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