The Difference Between Survival and Disaster: Crisis Planning in Small Businesses


  • John E. Spillan Penn State University - Dubois


Crisis manage1nent seeks to lessen the  impact of damaging events that can  happen to an organization. Although crisis-management literature addressing the needs of larger organizations is plentiful, little has been written on this subject for small  businesses.  This study examines the perceptions and experiences of crisis events among the owners and managers of small-businesses. The results indicate that few of these organizations have a formal crisis-management team or plan. Reasons for this lack of planning are offered and implications for   management  are presented.


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How to Cite

The Difference Between Survival and Disaster: Crisis Planning in Small Businesses. (2003). Journal of Small Business Strategy (archive Only), 14(1), 20-31.