Organizational resilience is not a new topic. The concept has been around for many years and may date back to 1626 coming “…from the Latin words resiliens and resilire, meaning to rebound”. 
What is new is the way it is being applied.  Many companies use emergency management, business continuity, and organizational resilience interchangeably.  I think they are each different.
To me, resilience is the ability to endure stress, chaos, and personal impact, continue working and living through the impact, and enduring a life (or work) beyond the impact period. Resilience speaks to a capability to persist. That capability takes planning and practice.
I found a central theme in our first weekly readings that speaks to organizational resilience as the notion of a ‘new’ ways of looking at reality. There is a strong suggestion from many sources that resilience is improved by with the open sharing and networking of key concepts with a large group of stakeholders. This would especially be true for a company which depends on employees and a supply chain to continue during tough times or a crisis. Here, there is a similarity with business continuity.
I think that business continuity and risk management are ‘cousins’ of organizational resilience. Each is necessary and connected, but left alone each discipline leaves out an important feature and strength of the other.
For example, risk managers look at financial exposure as a result of a crisis and determine ways to avoid that exposure; continuity professionals would understand the natural and man-made vulnerabilities and put plans in place to ensure the business survives through the crisis. Organizational resilience (managers) help build an infrastructure and culture that thinks, prepares, and performs in a flexible way to adapt to the new pressures of a changing environment and society.
 Oldfield, Robert. 2008. “Organizational Resilience“. QBE Insurance (Australia) Ltd. Source accessed 3-7-10: http://www.continuitycentral.com/feature0618.html
 Ceridian, 2006.”Building Organizational Resilience“. Source accessed 3-7-10: https://norwich.angellearning.com/AngelUploads/Content/MSBC_LOR/_assoc/msbc_sem03/msbc_s3_reading_page/msbc_s3_reading_PDF/wk01_Building_Organizational_Resilience_ceridian.pdf
 McManus, Sonia, Seville, Erica, Brunsdon , Dave, and Vargo, John. 2007. “Resilience Management-A Framework for Assessing and Improving the Resilience of Organisations“. Resilient Organizations, Source accessed 3-7-10: https://norwich.angellearning.com/AngelUploads/Content/MSBC_LOR/_assoc/msbc_sem03/msbc_s3_reading_page/msbc_s3_reading_PDF/wk01_Resilience_Management_framework_Res_Org.pdf