Survival Lessons: Academic Continuity, Business Continuity, and Technology

  • Claudine SchWeberEmail author
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 5)


Business organizations have had to deal with disasters that challenge their ability to maintain or restore business due to disruption or threats to normal operations. Ensuring that “essential functions” and “mission-critical services” continue is critical to organizational survival. Academia has also been affected by similar disruptions, particularly in the past decade; however, there appears to be much less attention to continuity issues although educational closures can last from days to months impacting students, instructors, staff, and the community. Technological developments—such as text alerts, e-learning, and Skype—now offer opportunities for educators to apply lessons from business for academic continuity. Examples in higher education and the literature on organizational continuity provide the basis for the argument that education today necessitates attention to maintaining continual access to teaching and learning—academic continuity—and that much like business continuity processes, technological developments are integral to survival.


H1N1 Virus Continuity Planning Business Continuity High Reliability Organization Unfamiliar Context 
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Many thanks to Martine Vidal, Distances et saviors editor, for commenting on the draft and making sure the information on CNED was accurate and correctly cited and to Marcia Bouchard who corrected my poor APA and double-checked the existence of the weblinks. Such friends and colleagues are another reason to study and write.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Doctor of Management Program, Graduate SchoolUniversity of Maryland University CollegeAdelphiUSA

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