Disaster resilience as a complex problem: Giving disaster resilience new meaning

Deborah Blackman, Hitomi Nakanishi, Angela Benson

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The paper proposes that a reason why long-term disaster initiatives fail is the adoption of a linear, complicated problem based approach rather than seeing recovery as a complex system. The argument is that initial post-disaster responses are complicated with a subsequent transition to a complex problem. Transition is proffered as a missing link between short-term responses (rescue and relief) and long-term disaster recovery. Case data from Japan and Christchurch suggests that three system elements influencing potential transition are: the actors and their purpose; new forms of social capital and a move to greater co-production with community. Influencing these effectively will support greater traction to achieve the move to long-term recovery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)124-129
Number of pages6
JournalAcademy of Management Proceedings
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event76th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, AOM 2016 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: 5 Aug 20169 Aug 2016


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