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Resilience and the Coexistence of Opposites

Resilience is most powerful when opposites are harmonized in a system. Peters and Waterman expressed this idea in their seminal book In Search of Excellence (1982) as the concept of simultaneous loose/tight coupling. It is also central in Maharishi’s teaching about the coexistence of opposites, which is a characteristic of Creative Intelligence, which grows as consciousness expands due to the practice of Transcendental Meditation (SCI Manual, 1972).  What do I mean? In this blog post I will explain. This post is somewhat abstract, so I will try to make it...

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Resilience and Life Shocks

The reality is that almost everyone at some time experiences a shock of some sort; moreover, companies have to endure market, industry local and global economy shocks. In this posting I look at resilience on the individual, company, and societal level in search of common elements to help weather and even thrive in chaos-inducing situations. Connecting our consciousness with our silent, infinite, unbounded Self makes us more resilient as individuals, managers and leaders.

On a personal level a shock can be a traumatic experience, an illness or a disaster of...

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Deep Green Business Symposium Planned for June 26 & 27

The MUM Business Department will host the Third International Deep Green Business Symposium on June 26 & 27.

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Student Wins Second Place in Mediation Tourney

MBA student Dileep Krishnamurthy earned second place in the Client Advocate category in a recent invitational mediation tournament hosted by the University of Wisconsin — Platteville.

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MUM Doctoral Student Wins Full Scholarship to OBTC Conference

MUM doctoral student Leigh Lester-Holmes won a full scholarship to the 2015 Doctoral Institute and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference (OBTC) June 16-20 at the University of La Verne in La Verne, California. The scholarship was sponsored by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS) whose mission is to improve the quality and highlight the importance of teaching and learning about managing organizations. The Doctoral Institute “focuses on developing participants as exceptional teachers” and preparing them for a “balanced academic career.” During the Doctoral Institute doctoral students will have...

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Alex Cequea: BA, Business, 2009; MBA, Sustainable Business, 2010

Two years ago, Alex was featured in the MUM Alumni Profiles, but it looks like he’s done a lot since then. About a year ago, Alex sold his share of ownership of iPhone Life magazine to his partners (who are also MUM alumni), and suddenly found himself in a very privileged position: no wife, no kids, and no job responsibilities!

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Resilience and Agile Project Management

Continuing in our investigation of resilience and management, we find that resilience is a personal subjective characteristic and that it can be developed through Transcendental Meditation, for example, which is provided at Maharishi University of Management. Resilience is also found in ecosystems that are able to be robust to changes in their environment, including firms which are stable and also adaptable. This reminds one of Maharishi’s fundamentals of progress, which are stability, adaptability, purification, integration and growth.

I should like to discuss a term called agile project management. This is...

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Resilience and Sustainable Advantage

Michael Porter, Professor of Strategic Management at Harvard wrote about sustainable competitive advantage in 1985 in his seminal work Competitive Advantage and in his prolific subsequent writing. Sustainability in Porter’s view revolves around a strategy of cost leadership or differentiation that can be defended due to distinctive competence at one or more stages in the value chain, making it robust to competitive threats, at least for some period of time.


This strategic sustainability is a form of resilience, where a firm can repel competitive threats. Porter also explains the critical importance...

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Resilience and Competitive Advantage in Ecosystems and Businesses

Resilience means robustness. It is an interdisciplinary ecosystem and systems thinking concept that is important in natural ecosystems, cultures, companies and industries.

There are four stages of resilience in the adaptive cycle: rapid growth/exploitation, conservation, release, and reorganization/renewal. How might these stages relate to the product life cycle in business of introduction, growth, maturity and decline?  Why is this important?  Clearly the introduction and growth phases of the product life cycle relate to the adaptive cycle stage of growth/exploitation, and maturity is the conservation stage, while release is the decline phase, which...

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Resilience and Management

When we think of the word ‘resilience” what does this imply?  I suppose that it conjures up the ability to cope, being robust to challenges, being adaptable. Resilience is a key factor for success in our personal lives, in natural ecosystems, and also in industry dynamics.

Yet ecosystems decay when shocks, such as invasive species or a change in nitrate or phosphorus in a watershed, alter the competitive landscape. Some changes are reversible, as in the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park, resulting in healthier animals, plants and even...

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