Evaluating how system health assessment can trigger anticipatory action for resilience

David Lowe*, Philip Oliver, Gerald Midgley, Mike Yearworth

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In 2014, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory developed and implemented a novel approach to assess the system by which the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence delivers infrastructure projects and services. This approach brought together existing methods to constitute a hybrid problem structuring method that offered the potential to trigger anticipatory intervention by focusing on the health as opposed to the performance of this system. This paper revisits the initial assessment to examine whether use of the method has led to increased system resilience, and in particular to understand what it was about the method that helped to deliver benefits. Insights with regard to the structures and processes necessary to enable anticipatory action for resilience are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisciplinary Convergence in Systems Engineering Research
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319622170
ISBN (Print)9783319622163
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2017


  • Anticipatory systems
  • Resilience
  • System health monitoring
  • Systems thinking


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