Planetary Resilience: The Ultimate Systemic Resilience
18 July 2013
Like some of our previous authors, Professor Katrin Muff, Dean of the Business School Lausanne, is concerned with system-level resilience.
But for Katrin, the ultimate system is Planet Earth . In her view, focusing on the long-term survival of a business without first addressing the long-term survival of the planet doesn’t make much sense. As she puts it, succinctly, in her article, “What good does it do a single business, sector, industry or business as a global system if we survive at the expense of other sub-systems or even the bigger system itself?”
Whereas others have focused on the ways in which public-private collaborations can improve organisational and system-level resilience, Katrin rightly notes the important role that visionary business leaders can play — and indeed, are playing — in shifting the focus from making products with, as she put it, “questionable societal or environmental contributions,” to developing products and services that “truly contribute to the well-being of all living things on Earth.”
A provocative view, and one that is hard to ignore. As always, I welcome your thoughts.