Risk Management

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 27–38

Business Continuity Management: A Test of Continuity between Economic Sectors

  • Dominic Elliott
  • Brahim Herbane
  • Ethn´ Swartz
Research Article

DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.rm.8240038

Cite this article as:
Elliott, D., Herbane, B. & Swartz, E. Risk Manag (2000) 2: 27. doi:10.1057/palgrave.rm.8240038


This paper builds upon previous research undertaken to identify the nature of business continuity practices within the UK finance sector. Its broad purpose is to examine the applicability of a framework of best practice developed within this one sector to other sectors. Retail and local government were chosen as two widely differing economic sectors. The paper adopts a case study approach and examines J Sainsbury, a leading UK retailer, and Coventry City Council, a large local authority. Previous quantitative studies, whilst benefiting from large sample sizes, yield only superficial insights into the nature of business continuity practice. The findings of this study provide support for the view that generic factors can be identified across economic sectors through in-depth qualitative research.


Business continuitymethodologycrisis managementpublic sector

Copyright information

© Palgrave Macmillan 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dominic Elliott
    • 1
  • Brahim Herbane
    • 2
  • Ethn´ Swartz
    • 3
  1. 1.Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Risk and Crisis Management, University of Sheffield
  2. 2.Senior Lecturer in the School of Business, De Montfort UniversityLeicester
  3. 3.Principal Lecturer in the School of Business, De Montfort UniversityLeicester