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Joint Seminar CREF – Sony CSL: Modeling and Measuring the Resilience of Social Organizations

Joint Seminar CREF – Sony CSL

Wednesday, 18, October, 2023

2.30 pm

Modeling and Measuring the Resilience of Social Organizations

Frank Schweitzer

Chair of Systems Design, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Resilience denotes the capacity of a system to withstand shocks and the ability to recover from them. What does this mean for social organisations that are very volatile in their dynamics, for example, collectives or project teams? Unlike engineered or ecological systems, a resilient reference state cannot be defined because individuals join or leave, and social relations change quickly. 

To model such organizations, we combine agent-based modelling and multi-layer network approaches.

They allow us to quantify the impact of agents and their relations using data about team collaboration. Based on this information, we model social organisations’ robustness and adaptivity and propose a novel resilience measure combining these two dimensions.