MGMT 8035 – Complexity & Applied System Thinking


Course: MGMT 8035 – Complexity & Applied System Thinking

Final Project Component: Section 7(WEEK 9) — Resilience

The Assignment: Due2days

This week, you continue your Consultancy Report for the executive leadership of your selected organization. Review the Final Project Template for proper APA formatting and details for this week’s component.

In 4–6 pages, complete the following using the attached week 9 final project template:

  • Introduction– Provide a brief introduction here. This week’s assignment should require about three or four pages.
  • Resilience Matrix – Use the World Economic Forum matrix, located in this week’s resources, to explore resilience in your selected organization. Describe your organization or one with which you are familiar in terms of each of the cells found in the matrix in a narrative format.
  • Explain why you do or do not believe the organization you selected is resilient.
  • Furthermore explain how the organization may be resilient in some ways but not in others. Give illustrative examples supporting your conclusions.
  • Recommendations – Explain how the executive leadership might use this information about resilience to improve its decision-making behavior.   
  • .Supporting research –Include at least two citations/references to current literature to support your explanations and recommendations to the executive leadership. The references must be within the last five years of publication (2012-2016).


  1. Allenby, B., & Fink, J. (2005). Toward inherently secure and resilient societiesScience, 309(5737), 1034–1036.
    Toward Inherently Secure and Resilient Societies by Allenby, B.; Fink, J., in Science, Vol. 309/Issue 5737. Copyright 2005 by American Assn. for the Advancement of Science. Reprinted by permission of American Assn. for the Advancement of Science via the Copyright Clearance Center.
  2. Reeves, M., & Deimler, M. (2011). Adaptability: The new competitive advantage. Harvard Business Review, 89(7–8), 135–141.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  3. Uhl-Bien, M., & Marion, R. (Eds.). (2008). Complexity leadership, part 1: Conceptual foundations. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.
  • Chapter 8, “Complexity Leadership Theory: Shifting Leadership from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge Era” (pp. 185–224)
  1. World Economic Forum. (2013). Global risks 2013: Eighth edition. Retrieved from

    Note:Read only pages 36–44.

  2. Hopkins, R. (2009). Transition to a world without oil[Video file]. Retrieved from

    Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 17 minutes.

  3. Rockstrom, J. (2010). Let the environment guide our development[Video file]. Retrieved from

    Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 18 minutes.


  • Comfort, L. K., Boin, A., & Demchak, C. C. (Eds.). (2010). Designing resilience: Preparing for extreme events. Pittsburg, PA: University of Pittsburg Press.
  • Toffler, A. (1980). The third wave. New York, NY: Bantam Books.
  • Walker, B., & Salt, D. (2006). Resilience thinking: Sustaining ecosystems and people in a changing world. Washington, DC: Island Press.
  • Zolli, A. (2012). Resilience: Why things bounce back. New York, NY: Free Press.

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