Chapter 6

Incidents – Markers of Resilience or Brittleness?

David D. Woods

Richard I. Cook

Incidents are Ambiguous

The adaptive capacity of any system is usually assessed by observing how it responds to disruptions or challenges. Adaptive capacity has limits or boundary conditions, and disruptions provide information about where those boundaries lie and how the system behaves when events push it near or over those boundaries. Resilience in particular is concerned with understanding how well the system adapts and to what range or sources of variation. This allows one to detect undesirable drops in adaptive capacity and to intervene to increase aspects of adaptive capacity.

Thus, monitoring or measuring the adaptiveness and resilience of a system ...

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