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Investigating SME resilience and their adaptive capacities to extreme weather events: A literature review and synthesis

Ingirige, MJB, Joness, K and Proverbs, D 2008, Investigating SME resilience and their adaptive capacities to extreme weather events: A literature review and synthesis , in: Building Resilience BEAR 2008, 2008, Kandalama, Sri Lanka.

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In the UK, extreme weather events (EWEs) such as floods, heat waves and storms are increasing in frequency and severity. The ability of local communities to cope with the immediate impact and recover from the aftermath is critical to the continued well-being of the community that is affected. As part of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded projects we investigate how Small and medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs), prepare themselves for the effects of EWEs. SMEs constitute a substantial proportion of the community that is affected as a result of these events. They need to prepare themselves for the effects of EWEs in a way that minimises disruption to them and allows them to return to near normal working conditions as soon as possible after an event. Very few studies have examined how SMEs respond to EWEs. Policy makers and theorists in this field have proposed various models and frameworks to improve the adaptive capacities of SMEs by concentrating on identification of risks and opportunities coupled with strategy development and implementation. Their individual and collective attitudes influence the activities that SMEs perform towards preparation of disaster preparedness plans and post disaster recovery measures. The paper argues that this continuous process of engaging SMEs will develop their adaptive capacities and enhance their coping measures in facing up to the risk of extreme weather events. The paper provides a literature review and a synthesis and a methodological vehicle to guide this research.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: SME, extreme weather events, coping skills, adaptive capacity, built environment
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Gayan Wedawatta
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2011 15:40
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:22

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