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Learning from Small Disruptions and How Useful They Are to Managing Larger Ones.

Written by  DRJ Thursday, 11 July 2013 14:28

arash-aDisaster Recovery Journal: Your session covers “Learning from Small Disruptions and How Useful They Are to Managing Larger Ones.” What will attendees take away from this session and how can they implement it into their organization?

Arash Azadegan: Dealing with mega events such as Superstorm Sandy, Katrina and the Oklahoma tornadoes is hardly a routine event. These events are complicated and multifaceted and rarely have precedence. To better face them, organizations often use practices that were developed to manage smaller events. However, since large events are different from small ones, how much of the practices are actually useful is questionable.

The Supply Chain Disruption Research (SCDR) Laboratory at Rutgers Business School focuses on academic research that highlights better preparation, response and recovery to supply chain disruptions. By attending the session, participants will hear about some of the ongoing research at the SCDR lab to better understand how their organizational behavior affects their management of larger events.

The session is meant to be interactive. Participants will hear about the results of an ongoing survey research and statistical analysis on managing disruptions. I encourage participants to get involved with the research by completing the survey at: https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6PVvKarfw76OZ2R.

Qualified participants that reply before July 30th will be entered into a drawing for two $100 visa gift cards. The presentation at the conference will provide explanation of what the results of this survey across multiple industries suggest and how different firms can enhance their response to large scale disruptions.

Disaster Recovery Journal: What are the benefits of having face-to-face training at a conference?

Arash Azadegan: Discussions about the effects of disruption management policies and procedures is the primary benefit. Dialogue with the audience is key to sharing understanding. Here again, having completed the survey allows participants to have a preview of the discussion and target their questions to what the session’s discussion will be about.

Disaster Recovery Journal: How do disasters such as Hurricane Sandy (or other similar events) affect the need for training for business continuity professionals?

Arash Azadegan: BCP individuals need to be at the forefront of what would work, be it rigorous policies or flexible decisions during the disruption.

Disaster Recovery Journal: What are some of the most challenging issues business continuity planners face and how can Fall World 2013 help with these?

Arash Azadegan: Dealing with unprecedented events with unprecedented scales is the key. However, being at a conference such as FW2013 helps share experiences.

Disaster Recovery Journal: How can participants help prepare for and make the session more valuable?

Arash Azadegan: The best way to make this session meaningful is to complete the online survey. The questions ask about organizational practices and routines in the face of small disruptions and try to link them to how well large scale disruptions are managed. Qualified participants that reply before July 30th will be entered into a drawing for two $100 visa gift cards. The presentation at the conference will provide explanation of what the results of this survey across multiple industries suggest and how different firms can enhance their response to large scale disruptions.

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