This course will equip you with a range of tools and techniques to make your organisation resilient in a world characterised by complex social, economic and environmental challenges. These will include a number of soft (i.e. cultural shift, human/ organisational) and hard issues such as demographic, technological and climatic change.

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, organisations face numerous unpredictable internal (e.g. organisational deficiencies) and external threats to their operational continuity (e.g. natural disasters, pandemic disease, terrorist attacks, economic recession). Such disturbances vary considerably, from chronic to acute events or ‘slow motion’ stresses, with seemingly minor uncertainties or deviations posing challenges to organisational resilience. 

The course will introduce the wide-ranging strategic risk management, governance and resilience challenges facing organisations, and approaches that can be adopted to enable organisations to develop their adaptive capacity and resilience.  This includes the management and governance of risk, and the need for organisations to develop enterprise resiliency – including technical, managerial and human factors.  The focus, throughout, will be the strategic value that can be secured for organisations from sound risk governance and enterprise resilience.

The course assumes no prior knowledge of risk and resiliency issues, and introduces individuals to a number of tools and techniques to identify areas of vulnerability due to internal or external factors and improve organisational capabilities to predict, respond and recover from those risks. Real world case studies will be used in discussing examples of well-adapted organisations and what factors might act as a barrier across different scales from firm and sector to local, national and international levels.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • Please enquire for course dates
  • DurationTwo days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost

    £2,920 (includes accommodation and meals).

    Concessions available

What you will learn

Upon completion of this course you will:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of internal and external risks your organisation is facing across different scales, from firm and sector level to local, national and international level. 
  • Identify and select from state-of-art risk tools and techniques appropriate to a range risk and resilience problems.
  • Devise risk governance structures, resilience and adaptation strategies, and debate risk management competencies for individuals, organisations and specialists; recognising core features of a ‘risk mature’ and ‘enterprise resilient’ organisation.
  • Have access to a number of case studies of well-adapted organisations (of various sizes and sectors).

Core content

  • Internal and external risks organisations is facing across different scales, from firm and sector level to local, national and international levels. 
  • Assessment of complex risks (e.g. supply chain and logistics risks).
  • The hallmarks of good risk governance and well adapted organisations.
  • Organisational change and the need for innovation, flexibility and creativity.
  • Strategic risk assessment, futures and foresight.
  • Emerging areas of value to organisations:
    • Embedding natural capital: Resilience, natural capital and ecosystems services.
    • Digitisation
  • Keeping risk and resilience ‘alive’ - the mindful organisation.

Who should attend

This course is relevant to anyone involved with, or interested in implementing business resilience in an organisation - those wishing to introduce or better understand risk management, governance and resilience challenges.


Dr Nazmiye Ozkan
Dr Simon Jude
Guest speaker


£2,520 each module, if all 5 modules* are booked at the same time.

£2,720 each module, if 2+ modules* are booked at the same time.

*within the Sustainability Leadership Programme.

Accommodation options and prices

Fees include tuition, course materials and full board accommodation.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
MK43 0AL

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