Title: Measuring small businesses disaster resiliency: case of small businesses impacted by the 2010 flood in Pakistan

Authors: Ali Asgary; Nooreddin Azimi; Muhammad Imtiaz Anjum

Addresses: Disaster and Emergency Management Program, School of Administrative Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, Canada ' Department of Urban Planning, Faculty of Architecture and Arts, University of Guilan, Km 5 Tehran Road, Rasht, Iran ' Disaster and Emergency Management Program, School of Administrative Studies, York University, 744 Sales Court, Milton, Ontario L9T 0Z2, Canada

Abstract: Organisational and business resiliency has been the focus of research in recent years. Researchers have been trying to develop and implement various models and tools to measure organisational and business resiliency. Such tools help businesses and policy makers to understand the strengths and weaknesses of business continuity management and culture and possible ways that business resiliency can be improved. This paper applies one of the existing models developed to measure business resiliency on businesses impacted by the summer 2010 flooding in Pakistan. The results show that resiliency differed significantly among the impacted small businesses and that the resiliency of businesses was mainly influenced by internal human and financial resources and social capital that businesses enjoyed during the recovery period.

Keywords: organisational resilience; business resilience; 2010 Pakistan floods; business continuity; small businesses; flooding; small firms; modelling; business recovery; human resources; financial resources; social capital; disaster management; emergency management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBCRM.2013.056350

International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, 2013 Vol.4 No.2, pp.170 - 187

Received: 23 Dec 2012
Accepted: 14 Jun 2013

Published online: 31 Mar 2014 *

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