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Predicting Organizational Crisis Readiness: Perspectives and Practices toward a Pathway to Preparedness

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This report on organizational crisis readiness from New York University’s Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR) was supported with funding from PERI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Morgan Stanley, and the Prudential Corporation. The report, Predicting Organizational Crisis Readiness: Perspectives and Practices toward a Pathway to Preparedness, is based on a study on the level of crisis readiness among government, business, and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. The findings show that a large number of organizations lack effective preparedness programs to respond to and recovery from a crisis.

In the report, author Paul C. Light, PhD, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Policy, and principal investigator of The Project on Organizational and Community Preparedness at CCPR, points to a broadly held belief that there is direct relationship between population and hazards such that as population increases, the number of hazards proportionately increases. “Consequently, the crises ahead are increasing both in complexity and frequency; yet, levels of crises readiness among organizations remains low and poorly understood.”

Dr. Light examines characteristics that better position organizations to recover after a crisis, identifying those that serve as significant predictors of crisis readiness. A leading scholar on public and nonprofit organizational performance, Dr. Light also presents recommendations for enhancing organizational preparedness. The report also includes the results of a survey of opinion leaders from government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors comparing crisis characteristics of organizations.

Predicting Organizational Crisis Readiness: Perspectives and Practices toward a Pathway to Preparedness, can be downloaded free of charge here (Adobe PDF format, 13 MB).


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