Post-disaster recovery: A study of a special-purpose business alliance structure (2015)
This paper is a study of a special-purpose, disaster-recovery organisation called SCIRT set up in the aftermath of a major disaster in Christchurch, New Zealand. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews from 18 senior executives and 49 staff in focus groups. Using grounded theory methodology, the study identifies four design and management features that helped SCIRT adapt to a volatile, uncertain post-disaster environment. These were: (a) leadership, (b) collaborative culture, (c) learning, and (d) human resource – fit for purpose. These are discussed in detail. The paper contributes to the literatures on disaster recovery, organisational resilience and peak performance.
Citationde Vries, H., Nilakant, V., Walker, B., Baird, R. (2015) Post-disaster recovery: A study of a special-purpose business alliance structure. Queenstown, New Zealand: 29th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), 2-4 Dec 2015.
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Keywordsdisaster recovery; alliance; organisational learning; managing peak performance
ANZSRC Fields of Research35 - Commerce, management, tourism and services::3507 - Strategy, management and organisational behaviour::350710 - Organisational behaviour
15 - Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services::1503 - Business and Management::150305 - Human Resources Management
35 - Commerce, management, tourism and services::3507 - Strategy, management and organisational behaviour::350709 - Organisation and management theory
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