The title of this article is a question that comes up often in Business Continuity Management industry LinkedIn Group Discussions. Many planners and practitioners struggle with where BCM in situated in their organizational hierarchy – resulting in a hopeful search for a better solution.
Business Continuity Management is often the homely foster child in many organizations. (For those not familiar with the US foster-care system, a foster child is removed from his/her natural parents and sent to live with a volunteer ‘foster family’ who receives government funds to provide their care). Few C-level executive want responsibility for BCM. There’s little ‘up’ side; it doesn’t make any money, and failure – in either a compliance audit or a real-life disruption – may win a one-way ticket to unemployment.
So the winner of the Business Continuity Management sweepstakes is decided by fiat or by default, depending upon the organization’s culture.