Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat: Learning from COVID-19 While Preparing for the Next Pandemic

  • 5h 32m
  • Robert A. Clark
  • IT Governance
  • 2022

COVID-19 has shown organisations that the threat of a pandemic needs to be taken seriously, emphasising the importance of having a business continuity plan and a pandemic plan. Clark’s book focuses on how an organisation can create a new or update an existing pandemic response plan. He highlights the similarities in managing different types of crisis, whether it is a pandemic, or other threats such as cyber attacks, floods, fires, civil disturbances, terrorism, etc.

The book looks at several case studies, reviewing how different industries have been impacted by the pandemic, with the author also reflecting on his own personal experience during this crisis. It also discusses the ways the virus has affected our economy and daily routines, and the psychological impact. The book further provides useful free resources that offer additional guidance/information.

Explore how:

  • Your organisation can create and validate a pandemic response plan;
  • To manage your organisation when faced with a pandemic threat;
  • Lockdown has impacted our mental health, economies and working culture;
  • Organisations from varied industries have adapted in response to the pandemic;
  • To search for new opportunities that pandemics can present by both changes to working practises and diversification; and
  • Appreciate how information technology helped many organisations to continue functioning during lockdowns.

"Bob's book, Business Continuity and the Pandemic Threat does a spectacular job filling a gaping void in the pandemic preparedness and response literature. It should be required reading for every CEO concerned with keeping their business in business and every corporate risk manager, regardless of the type of business. He's written with an engaging, rare combination of hard-nosed business survival strategy and insightful human stories of pandemic experiences."

Dr Jonathan Quick MD MPH, global health leader with expertise in pandemic and epidemic threats

Understand the corporate, psychological and societal impact of a pandemic threat and how to prepare for and mitigate its effects with this book – order your copy today!

About the Author

Robert A. Clark is a Fellow of the Institute of Business Continuity Management, Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Risk Management, and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. His career includes 15 years with IBM and 11 years with Fujitsu Services, working with clients on business continuity management-related assignments. He is now a freelance business continuity consultant, trainer, university lecturer and published author. Contact Robert at

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • What Exactly is a Pandemic?
  • And the Origin of the Coronavirus Was…
  • Why did Nobody Warn Us?
  • Is it Too Late to Write a Pandemic Plan?
  • Managing the Crisis
  • Lockdowns—Saving Lives, Shattering Economies
  • Validating Your Pandemic Plan
  • Vaccinations – A Silver Bullet?
  • Testing and Tracing
  • It’s an Ill Wind …
  • Case Studies
  • Impact on Education
  • Performing Arts
  • The Psychological Impact
  • Some Personal Stories
  • Time Yet for a Review?
  • Companion Book Contents
  • Summary
  • Further Reading