Industrial and organizational psychologists should be involved in business continuity planning and assessment say researchers

Published: Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:09

Three academic researchers have written a new paper ‘A Call for I-O Psychologists to Contribute to Business Continuity Planning and Assessment’. This is due to be published in a future issue of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.

Written by Stephanie C. Payne, Texas A&M University, Rebecca J. Thompson, Independent Researcher, and Tomika W. Greer, University of Houston, the abstract reads as follows:

“The COVID-19 global pandemic necessarily disrupted regular business operations for arguably every organization on the planet. Efforts to mitigate and respond to the rapid and unpredictable spread of the virus required organizations in every industry to adjust to the changing environment. In the face of this emergent crisis, businesses of all sizes scrambled to ensure the survival of their organization through the economic shifts that accompanied the pandemic. Suddenly, business continuity (BC) became a top priority for all organizations.

“Rudolph et al. (2020) highlighted the relevance of many traditional I-O psychology topics including job insecurity, during the COIVD-19 pandemic. In addition to these topics, we propose that the pandemic has brought to light that I-O psychologists can and should also contribute to
less traditional topics like BC.

“To a certain extent, BC provides job security at the organizational level and therefore job security is contingent on BC. Thus, helping organizations stay afloat will have a direct impact on the job security of their employees.

“We highlight some of the ways that I-O psychologists can contribute to the science and practice of BC.”

Read a preprint version of the paper.