Building Anti-Fragile Organisations: Risk, Opportunity and Governance in a Turbulent World

Building Anti-Fragile Organisations: Risk, Opportunity and Governance in a Turbulent World

by Tony Bendell

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Every day human organisations fail. Building Anti-Fragile Organisations explores a powerful alternative framework for risk in the design and management of human systems. Anti-Fragility is a new way of thinking about mitigating risk that builds on earlier work on the characteristics of biological systems that, being more than just robust, actually improve their resilience through being stressed. Professor Bendell explains how applying this concept to the development and management of organisations, services and products, allows us to identify the characteristics that will not only mitigate against the realisation of hazards, but enable growth in protection, strength and anti-fragility over time. In this context, anti-fragility also encompasses flexibility, agility and the exploitation of opportunities. At the organisational level, anti-fragility (or its absence) is determined by the organisational strategy, structure and systems, its people, relationships and culture. The book focuses on establishing the Anti-Fragile concept of the firm, and explores its application in private and public sector organisations of all types. It identifies characteristics relevant to survival in a turbulent world, and how our approaches to risk and governance need to change in order to create and manage anti-fragile organisations. It provides practical insight into the concept of Anti-Fragility and its deployment within human organisations of all types, and give readers the opportunity to start to make sense to applying the concepts within their own worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781317171065
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/22/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 248
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

A well-known invited speaker at conferences and events worldwide, Tony Bendell is committed to making organisations less fragile and more anti-fragile. Tony has had both an outstanding academic career and an extensive professional consultancy role within manufacturing, service organisations and the public sector. A leading figure in quality, productivity, excellence and the public sector transformation movements, he has published extensively, and is principal author of the best-selling Financial Times book Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage, available in six languages. Tony chairs the BSI MS6 Technical Committee, which led development of the ISO 13053 international Six Sigma standard, and is working on a new ISO auditable Six Sigma and Lean standard. He has experience in advising and mentoring senior managers and board members to the highest level.

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Preface; Developing an anti-fragile organisation; Anti-fragile governance, strategy and risk; Developing anti-fragile people and a culture of anti-fragility; Towards anti-fragile processes and operations; The use of information and technology, and the impact of innovation; Anti-fragility and the supply chain, environment and corporate social responsibility; Fragility in relation to markets, products and services; Your place in a fragile world; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.

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