Resilience in business and management research: a review of influential publications and a research agenda

Linnenluecke, Martina (2017) Resilience in business and management research: a review of influential publications and a research agenda. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19 1: 4-30. doi:10.1111/ijmr.12076

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Author Linnenluecke, Martina
Title Resilience in business and management research: a review of influential publications and a research agenda
Journal name International Journal of Management Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1460-8545
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/ijmr.12076
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 30
Total pages 27
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 1800 Decision Sciences
1408 Strategy and Management
1405 Management of Technology and Innovation
Abstract This paper identifies the development of and gaps in knowledge in business and management research on resilience, based on a systematic review of influential publications among 339 papers, books and book chapters published between 1977 and 2014. Analyzing these records shows that resilience research has developed into five research streams, or lines of enquiry, which view resilience as (1) organizational responses to external threats, (2) organizational reliability, (3) employee strengths, (4) the adaptability of business models or (5) design principles that reduce supply chain vulnerabilities and disruptions. A review of the five streams suggests three key findings: First, resilience has been conceptualized quite differently across studies, meaning that the different research streams have developed their own definitions, theories and understandings of resilience. Second, conceptual similarities and differences among these streams have not yet been explored, nor have insights been gleaned about any possible generalizable principles for developing resilience. Third, resilience has been operationalized quite differently, with few insights into the empirics for detecting resilience to future adversity (or the absence thereof). This paper outlines emerging research trends and pathways for future research, highlighting opportunities to integrate and expand on existing knowledge, as well as avenues for further investigation of resilience in business and management studies.
Keyword Bibliometric analysis
Systematic review
Resilience theory
Business continuity
Organizational reliability
Employee strengths
Resilience thinking
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 24 Jun 2015, 02:54:24 EST by Dr Martina Linnenluecke on behalf of UQ Business School