Modern societies are characterized by the occurrence of a large number of major discontinuities and disruptions. Such disruptions may have different causes – financial crises, environmental disasters, earthquakes, hurricanes or pandemics – but their social, economic and supply-chain effects are remarkably similar. Disruptions with high stakes, high uncertainty, and which require an urgent response produce challenges at all levels of business and society.
The Crisis Resilience Alliance (CRA) aims to produce, gather and disseminate important research on crisis management and resilience. The primary objective of the Alliance is the continuous development of inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations on crisis and resilience research. We are interested especially in the following questions: What are the distinct characteristics of decisions during crises? What makes organizations and systems resilient to crises? How we can improve crisis management and develop resilient organizations and communities?
Building upon past discussions and collaborations on crisis and disaster resilience, the CRA aims specifically to:
1. Foster network formation and international collaboration to develop an International Partnership Grant application for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
2. Gather and disseminate relevant member research on crisis resilience and management
3. Develop a communication strategy aiming to inform potential community, institutional and corporate partners about the themes of resilience and disaster management.
4. Foster collaboration focused on specific crisis resilience themes, including the building of resilient organizations and systems, exploring flawed sense-making and bad decision-making in crisis conditions, understanding the lack of post crisis learning and reform, and improving crisis management and developing crisis-resilient communities.
5. Share additional resilience-related resources and materials that may be useful in future research, and to continue dialogue that might spur future collaboration.