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Pages: 4412-4417
Publication year: 2016
ISBN: 978-84-608-8860-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2016.2070

Conference name: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain

FUNCTIONAL RESILIENCE: PARALLELING BRAIN PLASTICITY WITH AN ORGANIZATION’S OVERALL WELL-BEING

A. Sax1, Y. Pavlosoglou2

1ACS-Athens / Hellenic-American University (GREECE)
2UBS, London / ISC2, London (UNITED KINGDOM)
Individuals have the ability to adapt their behavior to how others are organized around them. Whether in social, economic, political or simply work structures; often success for individuals can be defined as the ability to positively embrace change in organizations. The researchers postulate the similarities of human behavior (more specifically the brain) and organizational functioning and draw parallels between these two systems. Furthermore, they posit that brain plasticity and organizations can optimistically encompass change to achieve a higher degree of functional resilience. Considering how two neurons connect as a starting point, authors parallelize change in any organization to how a neurotransmitter operates in activating the receptors of nearby neurons. They also speculate how neurotransmitters can be viewed as one or more people aligned to implement a particular change and in turn review how “receptors” may represent different people of an organization. Hence, the authors derive a measure of functional resilience for organizations that entails quantifying the number of different people in respective “receptor” categories and proceed to give an organizational explanation for “people that fire together wire together”, as a way for organizations to encapsulate change.
@InProceedings{SAX2016FUN,
author = {Sax, A. and Pavlosoglou, Y.},
title = {FUNCTIONAL RESILIENCE: PARALLELING BRAIN PLASTICITY WITH AN ORGANIZATION’S OVERALL WELL-BEING},
series = {8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN16 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-608-8860-4},
issn = {2340-1117},
doi = {10.21125/edulearn.2016.2070},
url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.21125/edulearn.2016.2070},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {4-6 July, 2016},
year = {2016},
pages = {4412-4417}}
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AU - A. Sax AU - Y. Pavlosoglou
TI - FUNCTIONAL RESILIENCE: PARALLELING BRAIN PLASTICITY WITH AN ORGANIZATION’S OVERALL WELL-BEING
SN - 978-84-608-8860-4/2340-1117
DO - 10.21125/edulearn.2016.2070
PY - 2016
Y1 - 4-6 July, 2016
CI - Barcelona, Spain
JO - 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
JA - EDULEARN16 Proceedings
SP - 4412
EP - 4417
ER -
A. Sax, Y. Pavlosoglou (2016) FUNCTIONAL RESILIENCE: PARALLELING BRAIN PLASTICITY WITH AN ORGANIZATION’S OVERALL WELL-BEING, EDULEARN16 Proceedings, pp. 4412-4417.
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