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In Hindsight - A compendium of Business Continuity case studies

  • Case studies analysing the contribution of poor contingency planning to notable disasters.
  • Cuts across a range of industries, making it suitable for practitioners in any sector.
  • Stresses the consequences of inadequate planning, making it an ideal way to support the case for more robust business continuity management.
In Hindsight: A compendium of Business Continuity case studies

Learn from real life how and why to avoid business continuity disasters

Can disasters be prevented?

In this book, the authors analyse the factors that contributed to some of the major disasters from the last thirty years and explain what could have been done better, before and after the event. Unlike many titles on business continuity and disaster recovery, In Hindsight: A compendium of Business Continuity case studies does not build up from the theory of business continuity planning. Instead, it takes apart real events from a wide range of industries and sectors, revealing the themes that contributed to each.

Learn from other people’s mistakes and plan for the worst

Using these incidents, the authors demonstrate the potentially devastating results for organisations that have not planned for the worst. Crucially, the book proposes measures that could have helped to minimise the risks and consequences. By showing the possible repercussions of a badly thought-out disaster management and business continuity plan, this book helps you avoid making similar mistakes, reduce risks and enable faster recovery when things do go wrong.


1. Introduction – Robert Clark; 2.The MV ‘Full City’ Incident – Norway’s Worst Ever Oil Spill – Jon Sigurd Jacobsen; 3. Barings Bank Collapse – Owen Gregory; 4. Northgate Information Solutions, a Victim of the Buncefield Oil Depot Disaster – Robert Clark; 5. The Love Parade. Dusseldorf 2010 – Tony Duncan; 6. Herald of Free Enterprise – Carl Dakin; 7. The Aztec Chemical Explosion, the Biggest Blaze in Cheshire for 35 Years – Robert Clark; 8. Piper Alpha and Alexander L. Kielland. A Comparison of Two North Sea Tragedies – Carl Dakin and Jon Sigurd Jacobsen;9. Bhopal. The World’s Worst Industrial Disaster – Owen Gregory; 10. The Devastating Effect of the SARS Pandemic on the Tourist Industry – Catherine Feeney; 11. Toyota Vehicle Recall – Tony Duncan; 12. The Gloucestershire Flooding, 2007 – Carl Dakin; 13. Closing the European Airspace. Eyjafjallajökull and the Volcanic Ash Cloud – Robert Clark; 14. The Åsta Train Accident, Norway, January 2000 – Jon Sigurd Jacobsen; 15. A Tale of Three Cities. the Bombing of Madrid (2004), London (2005) and Glasgow (2007) – Neil Swinyard-Jordan, Tony Duncan and Robert Clark; 16. Hurricane Katrina – Owen Gregory and Neil Swinyard-Jordan; 17. Arriva Malta. Business Continuity within a Change Management Programme – Robert Clark; 18. The Devil is in the Detail – Robert Clark; 19. Concluding Thoughts – Robert Clark; Glossary; Works Cited; ITG Resources.

About the editor

A Member of the Business Continuity Institute and an Approved BCI Instructor, Robert A. Clark is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Security Institute. His career includes 15 years with IBM and 11 years with Fujitsu Services working with clients on BCM related assignments. He is now a freelance business continuity consultant at www.bcm-consultancy.com.

Authors: Robert A. Clark (Editor)
Publishers: ITGP
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ISBN13: 9781849285919
Published: 26 Jun 2014
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1. Luciano on 11/09/2014, said:

This comprehensive research consistently portrays a set of common factors that precedes each disaster – poor management, a lack of proper planning and weak risk management practices. An eye-opener to all those executives that fail to understand the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery mechanisms.
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2. Phillip on 11/09/2014, said:

I have found 'In Hindsight' to be an interesting, thought provoking and stimulating collection of studies; and I have learned a great deal in reading it.
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3. Martin on 11/09/2014, said:

I am constantly amazed by the number of executives who dismiss potential disasters as being too unlikely to consider, or who put off dealing with known risks because they have other things to worry about. This book is full of these people, and what happens in the case studies provides ample evidence to counter their complacency.
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