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Organizing For Resilience

  title={Organizing For Resilience},
  author={Kathleen M. Sutcliffe and Timothy J. Vogus},
Kathleen M. Sutcliffe and Timothy J. Vogus University of Michigan Studies of organizing in the face of adversity have been focused on the negative. This tendency to focus on failures, decline, and maladaptive or pathological cycles is revealed in images such as threat-rigidity, downward spirals, vicious cycles, and tipping points that dominate the organizational literature. This chapter is an effort to reverse that trend. Scholars not only have focused on the negative, but also have portrayed… Expand

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