We argue that 'business continuity' is primarily a social rather than an economic process. By examining the actual behaviour of both managers and employees in work organisations during a crisis, we were able to better predict the organisation's preparedness and ability to cope with disasters. This argument is based on evidence from a study completed during the 2006 Katyusha rocket bombardment of northern Israel and included 13 work organisations. The results point out that organisational response to a disaster includes a process of adaptation to new and changing conditions. On the one hand, the organisations' managers react according to their values, culture and past experience. The day-to-day operations, however, are maintained as employees adapt their own behaviour to the changing demands of the situation. The analysis further showed that although plans, drills and emergency guidance are important to determine the desirable performance behaviours during the emergency, it was employees' adaptive behaviours that contributed to maintaining business operations. These adaptive work behaviours depended on a series of socially related predictors such as their past experience, family and community attitudes and social networks at the workplace. Overall, the evidence demonstrates that successful business continuity is best predicted by a series of social processes and depends primarily among employees' ability to adapt to dynamic emergency situations.
Aquafeed Processing Technology and Equipment
As one of the fastest growing food processing industry in the world, aquaculture has provided more than half of all aquatic products for human consumption. The rapid and healthy development of aquaculture industry can hardly do without the support of artificial breeding technology, knowledge of nutritional requirement to aquatic animals, aquafeed processing technology, feed production equipment and so on. Over the past years, the technique of fish feed production has proceeded rapidly and most aquaculture farmers...
Photo-degradation ibuprofen by UV/H2O2 process: response surface analysis and degradation mechanism
The removal of ibuprofen (IBP) in aqueous solution using UV/H2O2 process was evaluated. The response surface methodology (RSM) and Box–Behnken design were employed to investigate the effects of process parameters on IBP removal, including the initial IBP concentration, H2O2 dosage, UV light intensity, and initial pH value of solution. The RSM model developed herein fits well with the experiments, and provides a good insight into the OH radical irritated degradation mechanisms and kinetics. High resolution...
Automating oil particle analysis
Run up to 25 samples at one time The major issue for premature failure in wind turbine gearboxes is bearing failure, which leads to gearbox failure. A wind turbine gearbox will not survive if the oil is not clean and especially if the hard ferrous particles are not removed from around the bearingsThe LaserNet 230 particle counter and ferrous debris monitor has been shown to be an excellent analytical tool for end users to be able to diagnose wear faults in various machine applications such as gear boxes, engines...
The Basics of Slope Stability Analysis for Geosynthetics
Slope stability analysis is vital to preventing slope failures in a variety of engineering applications including landfill design, roads, dams and embankments, to name a few. Proper analysis anticipates both natural and manmade slopes and failure of foundations and retaining walls. This blog covers the necessity of slope stability analysis, how to conduct the analysis and the role of geosynthetics in slope stability. Slope Stability Meets Four Key Objectives The geometry of the slope, incorporated materials,...
Efficient removal of Indigo Carmine dye by a separation process
This study is aimed at developing an innovative approach for Indigo Carmine dye removal from synthetic solutions by electrodialysis, carried out using ion exchange membranes. The batch electrodialysis system was operated at various current intensities: 0.05, 0.1 and 0.15 A. The pH and conductivity of solutions were measured before and after using electrodialysis process. The colour removal efficiency (CR %) was determined by spectrographic analysis and the energy consumption (EC) was calculated. The obtained...