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Sustainability 2016, 8(3), 209; doi:10.3390/su8030209

The Systemic and Global Dimension of Business Resilience in a Socio-Technical Perspective

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Algoritmi Research Center, University of Minho, Campus de Azurém, 4804-533 Guimarães, Portugal
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LIAAD—INESCTEC, R. Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Academic Editor: Giuseppe Ioppolo
Received: 7 December 2015 / Revised: 5 February 2016 / Accepted: 18 February 2016 / Published: 27 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Resilient Businesses: Assessment, Approaches and Technology)
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This paper proposes to augment the concept of a business resilience improving process by enlarging such a process with a dimension of external action that addresses the vaster frame of systemic resilience of our societies. To this aim, I propose to widen the concept of socio-technical system (STS) to human societies, based on the idea that the development and survival of human societies has necessary social and technical factors. I also propose a concept of resilience in terms of dealing with failures of STS. Two particular cases of very large failure avoidance are considered: nuclear war and civilizational collapse, and I propose that such cases should be present in the referred dimension of external action of any business resilience program. Because the action of public governments and their cooperation is crucial for advancing global systemic resilience, I suggest that businesses should analyze and model the decisions of governments in a wider context of naturally occurring cooperating and conflicting human groups. View Full-Text
Keywords: socio-technical systems; resilience; systemic resilience; resilience functions; businesses and public governance; nuclear war; civilization collapse; quality standards for human societies; UN Declaration of Human Rights socio-technical systems; resilience; systemic resilience; resilience functions; businesses and public governance; nuclear war; civilization collapse; quality standards for human societies; UN Declaration of Human Rights
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Garrido, P. The Systemic and Global Dimension of Business Resilience in a Socio-Technical Perspective. Sustainability 2016, 8, 209.

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