Research Output per year
Projections into future increasingly suggest that the intensity and frequency of Extreme Weather Events (EWEs) will increase in the future. This has demanded the business organisations as well to be prepared to face the increasing risk of EWEs, in order to ensure their business continuity. However, current evidence base suggests that businesses, especially SMEs, are not adequately prepared to face the threat of such events. Ability to adequately prepare them has been hindered by the lack of in depth studies addressing this issue. The paper presents a doctoral study designed to investigate the resilience of SMEs operating in the construction sector; which is said to be a highly vulnerable sector for the impacts of EWEs, and their supply chains to EWEs. A conceptual framework developed to investigate this issue is presented and explained. It is argued that the resilience of construction SMEs and their supply chains against EWEs can be improved by a combination of reducing their vulnerability, enhancing coping capacity and implementing coping mechanisms. Importance of undertaking a broader view to include the whole supply chain in making business decisions with regard to EWEs by SMEs is also highlighted.
|Title of host publication||COBRA 2010|
|Subtitle of host publication||construction, building and real estate research conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Construction, building and real estate research conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Paris, France|
Duration: 2 Sep 2010 → 3 Sep 2010
|Conference||Construction, building and real estate research conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors|
|Abbreviated title||COBRA 2010|
|Period||2/09/10 → 3/09/10|
- business continuity
- supply chain
2010, COBRA 2010: construction, building and real estate research conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. RICS, 14 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution
Wedawatta, G., Ingirige, B., & Amaratunga, D. (2010). Developing a conceptual framework for investigating the resilience of construction SMEs and their supply chains against extreme weather events. In COBRA 2010: construction, building and real estate research conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors RICS.