Many businesses are not adequately prepared for hazards and/or incidents that potentially imperil their operations. The question is why and whether independent variables associated with businesses and/or business principals are correlated to pre-incident planning; specifically, business continuity (BC) planning. Business principals from the Sacramento, California region participated in quantitative research to answer these questions through an online survey comprised of multiple choice, categorical, and Likert scale question types.
Findings from this research indicate 26% of businesses have business continuity plans (BCPs); employee safety was cited as the dominant motivating factor. Indicatively, an awareness gap was the dominant barrier for businesses without BCPs. Business size was found to be significantly (.015%) correlated to pre-incident planning; however, other demographic variables tested were inconclusive. Community resilience, intrinsically connected to economic vitality, is enhanced by safeguarding businesses from disruption and/or post-incident dissolution. Increasing BC planning benefits businesses and the communities where they operate.
|Commitee:||Jensen, Steven, Sinha, Praveen, Vargo, John|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Business continuity, Disaster recovery planning, ISO 22301, NFPA 1600, Pre-incident planning|
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