Published May 14, 2020 | Version 1.0
Thesis Open

Defining Antifragility and the application on Organisation Design



In the years after the .com crisis of 2000 and the financial crisis of 2008 it became essential for enterprises to become resilient or antifragile to survive external stressors. Research states that the current VUCA world will expose enterprises to more and more stressors. Resilience is the way how a system bounce back from impact by a stressor. Antifragile is the way a system improves by impact by a stressor. This thesis combines literature research on resilience with the antifragile attributes found in the literature and variety engineering into one model. The research provided in this thesis enables leadership of an organisation to determine if the organisation should aim to be antifragile or a specific type of resilience. After this determination the model in this thesis enables leadership to determine which attributes to include into their enterprise design. According to the theory the model might also be applied to generic system design including technology infrastructure, software systems etc. The validation of the application in these domains are outside the scope of this thesis.



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