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Chang, Y, Wilkinson, S, Potangaroa, R and Seville, E (2012) Managing resources in disaster recovery projects. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 19(05), 557-80.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Australia; China; disaster recovery projects; disasters; Indonesia; large-scale disaster; post-disaster reconstruction; Resource availability; Resource management
- ISBN/ISSN: 0969-9988
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/09699981211259621
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide a basis for the construction professionals and stakeholders to understand the critical factors influencing resource availability in a post-disaster situation. The study reported in this paper is part of ongoing research concerned with developing a methodology to improve the outcomes of resource availability for projects in post-disaster environments. This study attempts to address the following questions: what factors impinge upon the availability of resources in a disaster recovery project and what are the common resource availability determinants across different recovery environments? Design/methodology/approach - The method of analysis in this investigation is a comparative case study. The researchers took part in disaster field trips to Indonesia, China and Australia during their recovery from natural disasters. By using case studies and a triangulation method, critical factors that affected resource availability in the three examined countries were identified and compared. Findings - A comparative analysis shows that specific cultural elements, the socio-economic environment and the political agenda in the three countries influenced their resourcing problems and the solutions they adopted. Despite different resourcing approaches in the three cases, competence of construction professionals, and government response and intervention were identified as common determinants to resourcing disaster recovery projects. Research limitations/implications - The research findings contribute to the project management methodology to post-disaster reconstruction. Practical implications - From this research, decision makers and construction practitioners can have a clearer direction for improving their resourcing effort in a post-disaster situation. This study provides a basis for the construction professionals and stakeholders to understand the critical factors influencing resource availability in a post-disaster situation, with a view to enhancing their capability of managing disaster recovery projects. Social implications - A comparative analysis of three cases provides a multi-perspective view of the resourcing issues in a post-disaster situation. As many problems are faced in disaster recovery projects, resource availability intrinsically links to chronic conditions of vulnerability in existence in the broader social system prior to a disaster. The five aspects of resourcing discussed in the paper show the key areas of recovery planning in relation to resource availability. Originality/value - In large and complex disaster recovery operations, the availability of resources is bound to be limited. Identified resourcing problems are likely to be universal and can be anticipated and pre-planned for, irrespective of the environment when a disaster happens. The paper provides a basis for the construction professionals and stakeholders to understand the critical factors influencing resource availability in a post-disaster situation.