The 9/11 commission has recently issued a progress report on the private sector's readiness to manage terrorism. The report paints a less than favorable picture and the question is why is the private sector not ready.
I am a doctoral candidate who has been doing research on this area for the last two years . The purpose of my research is to (a) Determine empirically the state of readiness of the private sector and (b) determine the reasons for nin-preparedness.
The literature indicates nine best practices which indicates an organization's readiness.My research enables a preparedness score to be arrived at for each company.
My two hypotheses as to the reasons for non-preparedness are (a) the over-arching effect of government counter-terrorism activities and (b) the mindset of business leadership towards risk. Probability and impact are the two components of risk and the wight placed on either element can determine leadership's response to the threat of terrorism.
I would appreciate other views. If any company wants to participate in the study please let me know.