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Top Management Support, External and Internal Organizational Collaboration, and Organizational Flexibility in Preparation for Extreme Events



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Journal of Information Systems Security
Volume 5, Number 1 (2009)
Pages 3260
ISSN 1551-0123 (Print)
ISSN 1551-0808 (Online)
Joseph B. Skipper — Air Force Institute of Technology, USA
Dianne J. Hall
 — Auburn University, USA
Joe B. Hanna — Auburn University, USA
Information Institute Publishing, Washington DC, USA




Extreme event planning is a method of responding to and preparing for business interruptions. This risk management technique has many attributes that are widely touted as promoting organizational flexibility. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between attributes of extreme event planning processes and organizational flexibility. Specifically, the study examines the impact of top management support and both external and internal organizational collaboration on organizational flexibility. Our results indicate that top management support and external organizational collaboration positively influence organizational flexibility. This study provides both academicians and practitioners with an understanding of the event management attributes with the highest relationship to organizational flexibility. This knowledge will allow for prioritization of resources in the planning process as well as implementation of supportive infrastructure such as information technology.




Extreme Event Planning, Crisis Management, Contingency Planning, Coordination, Collaboration, Top Management Support, Flexibility




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