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Developing a conceptual framework for investigating the resilience of construction SMEs and their supply chains against extreme weather events

Wedawatta, GSD, Ingirige, B and Amaratunga, RDG 2010, Developing a conceptual framework for investigating the resilience of construction SMEs and their supply chains against extreme weather events , in: COBRA 2010, 2nd - 3rd September 2010, Paris.

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    Abstract

    Projections into future increasingly suggest that the intensity and frequency of Extreme Weather Events (EWEs) will increase in the future. This has demanded the business organisations as well to be prepared to face the increasing risk of EWEs, in order to ensure their business continuity. However, current evidence base suggests that businesses, especially SMEs, are not adequately prepared to face the threat of such events. Ability to adequately prepare them has been hindered by the lack of in depth studies addressing this issue. The paper presents a doctoral study designed to investigate the resilience of SMEs operating in the construction sector; which is said to be a highly vulnerable sector for the impacts of EWEs, and their supply chains to EWEs. A conceptual framework developed to investigate this issue is presented and explained. It is argued that the resilience of construction SMEs and their supply chains against EWEs can be improved by a combination of reducing their vulnerability, enhancing coping capacity and implementing coping mechanisms. Importance of undertaking a broader view to include the whole supply chain in making business decisions with regard to EWEs by SMEs is also highlighted

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Business continuity, construction, resilience, SMEs, supply chain
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Disaster Resilience
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
    Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2011 12:38
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:09
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/17653

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