Organisations disruption and resilience : learning from the Canterbury earthquakes

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Seville, E.; Giovinazzi, S.; Stevenson, J.; Vargo, J.; Brown, C. 2014 Organisations disruption and resilience : learning from the Canterbury earthquakes. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. ERI research report 2014/02 24 p.; doi: 10.21420/G2VS3X

Abstract: Examining the response of public and private organisations to major disruptions can provide important insights into how local and regional economies fare in the aftermath of these events. Organisations, including businesses and government and community service providers are the actors on the ground that experiences the direct and indirect impacts of infrastructure failures and other physical disruptions. They are also the actors whose responses, decisions, and adaptive behaviours collectively shape the path of economic recovery and patterns of growth and decline. This report provides an overview of a study conducted in Canterbury, New Zealand following a complex series of earthquakes. The results focus on identifying how organisations were impacted, how they mitigated those impacts, recovered their productive capacity, and adapted to facilitate continued and, in some cases, improved functioning. (auth)