Managing Effective Communication After a Crisis: What every small business owner should know

Managing Effective Communication After a Crisis: What every small business owner should know

by Enid Thompson


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Despite the effects of natural disasters on small business owners, the owners' communication strategies to alleviate loss to their companies' profitability remain problematic. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive multiunit case study was to explore what communication strategies some small business owners developed and implemented for facilitating resuming their business operations after a natural disaster.
The targeted population consisted of 2 small business owners located along the Boardwalk in Belmar, New Jersey. The conceptual framework for this study was Coombs' situational crisis communication theory. The case data collected were from semistructured interviews and company documents. Employing member checking and methodological triangulation increased the assurance of the study's credibility and trustworthiness. The data analysis consisted of separating the data into groupings, identifying major groupings, assessing the information within the major groups, and developing thematic interpretations. The 4 validated themes that emerged were communication, community, disaster recovery, and stakeholders (employees). The findings from this study may contribute to social change by providing communication strategies that small business owners can use to mitigate losses from disasters, and facilitate businesses' and communities' recovery for reducing further losses.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537611082
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/10/2016
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Dr. Enid A. Thompson is a Social Impact Management Consultant and Motivational Speaker. She creates breathtaking results with her unique delivery of what every person should know about preparing for a crisis and the recovery phase. Her Study has reached 13 countries and is making a difference in people's lives.

Dr. Enid lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida with her husband, James. They have two adult children and two grandsons. She has also authored other books entitled "I'm Coming for You," Organizational Change and Employee Retention: Strange Bedfellows, and Sustainable Solutions for a Successful Business. To find out more about Dr. Thompson go to

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