SESAME: Exploring small businesses’ behaviour to enhance resilience to flooding
1 School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
2 School of Engineering and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom
3 Management School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
4 School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom
5 Business School, Kingston University, Kingston, United Kingdom
6 Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
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In the United Kingdom, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) account for approximately 99.9% of businesses, 60% of the working population and 47% annual turnover. However, despite the important contribution that SMEs make to the economy, this size of business remains under-researched with a significant gap in understanding how the disruption caused by flooding impacts on SMEs from the time at which a flood event occurs through to the ‘return’ to normal operations. Business continuity management is a recognised approach for enhancing organisational resilience to major disruptions (ISO 22301, 2012). However, this strategic approach to building such resilience in SMEs is under-explored in the literature with a limited range of empirical data to draw on. This paper presents an overview of an inter-disciplinary research project funded by the UK’s Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, called SESAME, which examines SMEs’ operational response and preparedness to flooding. Furthermore, SESAME consists of four stands of research which bring together a number of disciplines including agent based modelling and simulation, flood modelling, business continuity management, economic modelling and behavioural science. This paper provides an overview of the different research stands within the SESAME project aimed at enhancing SMEs’ resilience to flooding.
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