Collaboration to improve Organizational Resilience
Collaboration to improve Organizational Resilience was the theme for this year’s Business Continuity Awareness Week 2018 Forum held in Melbourne this week. BSAW is an annual global event that is facilitated by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and is a key vehicle to raising the awareness of the profession and demonstrating the value effective business continuity management can have to organizations of all types and sizes. EPESA was fortunate to be represented at the Australian BCI Chapter Forum held at the NAB Head Office in Melbourne. All sessions at the forum focused on different means of collaboration and why collaboration is so important in improving organizational resilience.
The BCI manifesto for Organization Resilience 2018, raises the issues and debate focussed on the principles and practice of organisational resilience, and how it relates to the established business continuity discipline. So what is Organizational Resilience? Organizational resilience can be defined as ‘the ability of an organisation to absorb and adapt in a changing environment’. Business Continuity is one of the key Organizational Resilience disciplines from an extensive list including emergency management, crisis management, ICT, occupational health and safety, environment protection, physical security, supply chain management, information security management and various forms of risk management. One of the take homes from the forum was that there is no single source of expertise, and no central knowledge bank that can easily be accessed. It seems that all practitioners working in the fields previously mentioned, can be described as ‘resilience professions’. Very few organisations, particularly in small to medium sized enterprises have capabilities across all of these disciplines, however business continuity is integral in improving resilience and allowing an organization to maintain continuity across all areas, even in the most unexpected situations.
Resilience is achieved through different functions working closely together in a co-ordinated, collaborative and structured manner.
How resilient is your organization?
EPESA can help with building your organizational resilience. Contact us for advice on info@EPESA.com.au.