Engineering meets institutions: an interdisciplinary approach to the management of resilience

Naderpajouh, N, Yu, D, Aldrich, D, Linkov, I and Matinheikki, J 2018, 'Engineering meets institutions: an interdisciplinary approach to the management of resilience', Environment Systems and Decisions, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 306-317.

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Title Engineering meets institutions: an interdisciplinary approach to the management of resilience
Author(s) Naderpajouh, N
Yu, D
Aldrich, D
Linkov, I
Matinheikki, J
Year 2018
Journal name Environment Systems and Decisions
Volume number 38
Issue number 3
Start page 306
End page 317
Total pages 12
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Abstract Resilience management stretches across the decoupled domains of community, corporate, and public governance. As a result, fostering resilience needs a governance structure that supports collective actions and integrates fragmented fields with different institutional frameworks. In this study, we carry out a review of three different perspectives on resilience -engineering, social, and organizational- in order to explore resilience management in the context of governance of infrastructure systems. We discuss the common practices to address resilience of engineering systems, the need and current trend for integration of institutions into these practices through formal (e.g., policies and regulations) as well as informal mechanisms (e.g., trust, norms, and shared cognitive structures). To illustrate our theorizing, we provide three illustrative case studies. The cases highlight the barriers and enablers across the three perspectives and highlight the inter-organizational context of management of resilience. We uncovered organizational dynamics such as the necessity of establishing critical functionality through organizational capacity for stakeholder engagement, the need for diverse organizations to address institutional complexity in management of resilience, and the importance of decoupling in aligning the outcomes of resilience management practices with policies. We suggest an agenda for future research on managing practices associated with management of resilience.
Subject Civil Engineering not elsewhere classified
Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Collective action
Infrastructure systems
DOI - identifier 10.1007/s10669-018-9704-7
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ISSN 2194-5403
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