Building a Resilient Organisation: The Design of Risk-Based Reasoning Chains in Large Distributed Systems

In this book, John Arthur and Louise Moody introduce the concept of the reasoning chain, a new approach to risk-based reasoning systems in large, complex and distributed organisations. Arguing that large, complex and distributed organisations are particularly focussed on a triple-helix of chain metaphors – supply, value and reputation chains – the authors propose that there is overwhelming evidence that the accepted approaches to risk and resilience do not compliment this architecture. This is extremely problematic because risk and resilience constructs have been formally and informally regulated for these industries.

Book contents:

  1. Introduction – landscape and journey

  2. Risk as a construct

  3. Designing a risk system – some key early challenges

  4. Transformation risk – a case study

  5. Beginning to measure risk

  6. Summing up Part 1

  7. Introduction to Part 2

  8. What is organisational resilience?

  9. Design for reasoning

  10. What and how shall we measure?

  11. Reforming conventional risk measurement – a case study

  12. Summing up Part 2

  13. Introduction to Part 3

  14. Taking a standard approach – a hybrid case study

  15. A systems evolution approach – experiences of BCM

  16. Resilience and other legacy systems

  17. Taking an infrastructural approach

  18. Summing up Part 3

  19. Introduction to Part 4

  20. A reasoning chain example

  21. The ‘so what’ moment

  22. Deconstructing organisational goals for resilience

  23. Taking stock of the reasoning chain

  24. The reasoning chain