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The Resilience Framework

Organizing for Sustained Viability

  • Stefan Tengblad
  • Margareta Oudhuis

Part of the Work, Organization, and Employment book series (WOAE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction and Development of the Organizational Resilience Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Applying the Organizational Resilience Framework

  4. Examining and Deepening the Resilience Factors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Anders Edström
      Pages 197-212
    3. Anders Edström, Margareta Oudhuis, Torbjörn Ljungkvist, Björn Brorström
      Pages 213-229
  5. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Stefan Tengblad, Margareta Oudhuis
      Pages 233-248
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-264

About this book


This book puts forward a carefully crafted theoretical framework that makes a substantial contribution to the field of organizational resilience. It is a framework that goes far beyond the traditional crisis management perspective (accidents, scandals, etc) to an investigation of the characteristics and factors that make organizations viable over time. The book creates a much-needed link between human resource management and organizational development on the one hand, and the literature about risk and crises management and resilience engineering on the other.

The book assembles several robust social science theories such as evolutionary theory, complexity theory, and institutional theory, as well as concepts from management theory such as followership, organizational trust, open innovation, and serendipity management into a coherent framework. It also integrates important models from the field of resilience engineering that have not previously been included in the re
search on organizational resilience. Several new models are used to present the theoretical framework, models that have relevance for researchers as well as practitioners. In addition to the theoretical framework, all chapters are set in various practical environments that both illustrate the use of resilience resources and align with the framework itself.


organizational resilience organizational viability human resource management organizational development resilience engineering resilience framework crisis management evolutionary theory complexity theory institutional theory followership organizational trust open innovation serendipity management resilience resources resilient leadership

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Tengblad
    • 1
  • Margareta Oudhuis
    • 2
  1. 1.University of SkövdeSkövdeSweden
  2. 2.University of BoråsBoråsSweden

About the editors

Stefan Tengblad is Professor of Business Administration at the University of Skövde, Sweden. He has written and edited various books and articles on managerial work, leadership, and followership. Among his edited books are The Work of Managers and The Art of Science. He is the leader of the research specialisation centre Enterprises for the Future at the University of Skövde.

Margareta Oudhuis is Professor in Work Science at the University of Borås, Sweden. As a researcher in organization, she has written books and articles on management models, leadership and work organization as well as on culture and the characteristics of enterprises in the Borås region of Sweden. She is a member of the research collaboration Enterprises for the Future between the University of Skövde and the University of Borås.

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