Disaster Recovery in Workplace Organizations

  • Tracey E. Rizzuto


Not only do large-scale disasters disrupt the personal lives of individuals, they also disrupt work lives and workplaces.  Much has been written about organizational changes associated with common occurrences, like leadership transitions, competitive adaptations, and mergers and acquisitions.  Less is known about how people and workplaces cope with and recover from extraordinary circumstances, like the Hurricane Katrina disaster.  This chapter discusses features of catastrophic disaster recovery that distinguish it from traditional approaches to organizational change and describes the recovery processes of organizational workplaces and individual employees in response to Hurricane Katrina.  Scientific and practical implications for workplace recovery and rebuilding in the wake of disaster are discussed.


Organizational Development Disaster Response Disaster Recovery Human Structure Workplace Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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