10Minutes on business continuity management

March 2012
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Business continuity management

At a glance

The best disaster survival manual may be obsolete if it doesn’t anticipate major disruptions to the supply chain or at outsourced operations. As a result, business continuity management programs are being designed to continually assess— as well as counter—risks stemming from the interdependencies integral to running a business.

BCM (business continuity management) gauges risks and protects operations. But recent debt crises, political upheaval and natural disasters signal the need for long-term resilience. The March 2012 10Minutes outlines how BCM can address:

  • The risks of outsourcing accounting, procurement and other functions
  • Increased supply-chain complexities
  • Exposure to political or environmental shocks

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