GRI understands that enterprises of all types including businesses, schools, hospitals, government and quasi government entities, NGO’s etc. comprise the economic and operational backbone of the communities where they exist. These enterprises and the people they employ and serve are subject to their own unique stresses and disruptions from all manner of natural, man-made, economic, and market threats. Further, their operations and critical resource supply chains are all dependent on multiple interoperating local supporting infrastructure systems such as transportation, energy, water, waste management, healthcare, public safety, housing, etc.
Continuous viability of the enterprise then is critical to all stakeholders including owners, investors, employees, customers, suppliers, and citizens of their host communities. A great strategy well-executed is sufficient for blue sky days. But resilience is key to surviving and thriving in the face of the inevitable bad days. Without resilience, enterprises are “brittle” and subject to disruption and cascading failures. The resilient enterprise is thus more valuable to all stakeholders.
Further, by their nature, enterprises have both an inward as well as outward facing resilience imperative. An organization’s internal operational resilience is at least somewhat dependent on the resilience of its suppliers and customers, as well as that of the communities where it has facilities and employees.
Built on decades of research and experiential learning, and leveraging continuous access to evolving global resilience best practices and innovations, GRI’s enterprise-focused components of I-RES have been proven to provide all types of organizations with a comprehensive understanding of their vulnerabilities and multi-faceted solutions to those resilience challenges. I-RES then goes further and can support practical implementation of resilience enhancing initiatives through realistic prioritization and planning, project design support, financing strategy development, and project performance management and validation.
Deploying I-RES for an enterprise is very much a collaborative effort between the GRI team and your organization’s leadership and management team. GRI offers resilience-focused analysis and solution methodology, process, tools, and financing expertise. Our team will include subject matter experts on your industry drawn from our affiliated faculty, distinguished senior and corporate fellows, and as necessary from across the Global Resilience Research Network (GRRN) of 36 universities and research institutes in 22 countries. But only your internal leaders and managers with input from other critical stakeholders can truly understand how your enterprise actually operates day-to-day.
Initially, GRI’s Executive Education offerings are leveraged to level set enterprise leadership and management teams on key resilience concepts, terminology, and the I-RES methodology. This work is followed by initial identification of key resilience challenges leading to engagement scoping and objective setting. This is followed by comprehensive data gathering and analysis to understand critical vulnerabilities and associated potential impacts. Only then can solutioning and solution implementation support work begin.
Resilience to disruption increases the value of an enterprise to all of its stakeholders. Application of GRI’s Integrated Resilience Enhancement Solution is a proven way to identify and support initiatives of all types to enhance enterprise resilience.