Adekola, J., & Celland, D. (2019). Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 1-11.

A study aiming to understand the role between small businesses and community resilience in rural areas.

Key Points:

  • The report should be considered at an exploratory or pilot study and not a comprehensive audit.
  • Findings from the study:
    • Governance and institutional factors influence the engagement of businesses to the community and resilience building activities.
    • There is a need to understand the influence of local ownership on business engagement with community resilience. We need to examine if local business ownership will increase community resilience over that of larger chain businesses.
    • There is a need to capture the less formal contributions by business to community resilience efforts or disaster response efforts. These may be outside official community resilience structures and not accounted for, however are no less important.
    • This is an understudied topic with a great need for further research as businesses to play an important role in building community resilience.
    • Examples of how small business can contribute to planning for resilience:
      • Cash donations.
      • In kind donations, e.g. stationary, machinery, tools, etc.
      • Using business infrastructure to host databases of vulnerability information.
      • Rostering employees as volunteers.