Interpretations of Business Continuity Management in the light of COVID-19

Ihab Hanna S Sawalha, John Anchor

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Purpose – This study aims to investigate how organizations from different sectors interpret the meaning of business continuity management (BCM) in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Design/methodology/approach – A survey was conducted to capture the views of organizations across five different sectors. The sample consisted of ten senior managers; two from the banking sector; two from the supply chain sector (agricultural and food supply chains); two from the tourism sector; two from the services sector; and two from the higher education sector. An interviewer-administered questionnaire was used to collect the data. One manager from each sector represented a local business/enterprise and the other represented an international business/enterprise.
Findings – It was found that different organizations/businesses understood BCM differently. Therefore, a variety of interpretations have been obtained.
Practical implications – This study sheds light on how different organizations understand BCM in times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. By understanding the different interpretations, it becomes clearer whether or not these organizations have applicable business continuity plans in place.
Originality/value – This is the first study to investigate the different interpretations of the meaning of BCM across different business sectors. The majority of the existing studies on BCM discuss the process from the perspective of a single business or sector. The study was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic, a period that witnessed prolonged and critical disruptions facing almost all businesses and organizations and which threatened the survival of some of them.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalManagement & Sustainability: An Arab Review
Early online date6 Apr 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Apr 2023


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