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The effects of scenario planning on participant reports of resilience

Thomas J. Chermack (Department of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change, Colorado State University , Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)
Laura M. Coons (Department of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change, Colorado State University , Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)
Gregory O’barr (Department of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change, Colorado State University , Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)
Shiva Khatami (Department of Organizational Learning, Performance and Change, Colorado State University , Fort Collins, Colorado, USA)

European Journal of Training and Development

ISSN: 2046-9012

Article publication date: 2 May 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to examine the effects of scenario planning on participant ratings of resilience.

Design/methodology/approach

The research design is a quasi experimental pretest/posttest with treatment and control groups. Random selection or assignment was not achieved.

Findings

Results show a significant difference in reports of resilience for the scenario planning treatment group and no significant difference for the control group.

Research limitations/implications

Limitations include the use of self-report perception measures, possible social desirability of responses and a lack of random selection and assignment.

Practical implications

Practical implications imply that scenario planning can be viewed as a legitimate tool for increasing resilience in organizations.

Social implications

Organizations with an ability to adjust quickly and recover from difficult conditions means reduced layoffs and healthy economic growth.

Originality/value

While there is increasing research on scenario planning, to date, none has examined the effects of scenarios on resilience.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Rafael Ramirez and Javier Iborra for their comments and suggestions on several drafts of this article.

Citation

Chermack, T.J., Coons, L.M., O’barr, G. and Khatami, S. (2017), "The effects of scenario planning on participant reports of resilience", European Journal of Training and Development, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 306-326. https://doi.org/10.1108/EJTD-08-2015-0068

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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