The purpose of this paper is to synthesise critical success factors (CSFs) for advancing post-disaster infrastructure recovery and underpinning recovery authorities in decision making when facing future disasters.
The seismic recovery after the Canterbury (NZ) earthquake sequence in 2010-2011 was selected as a case study for identifying CSFs for an efficient recovery of infrastructure post-disaster. A combination of research approaches, including archival study, observations and semi-structured interviews were conducted for collecting data and evidences by engaging with participants involved at various tiers in the post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. The CSFs are evaluated and analysed by tracking the decision-making process, examining resultant consequences and foreseeing onwards challenges.
Six salient CSFs for strengthening infrastructure recovery management after disasters are identified. Furthermore, the study shows how each of these CSFs have been incorporated into the decision-making process in support of the post-disaster recovery and what difficulties encountered in the recovery process when implementing.
The proposed CSFs provide a future reference and guidance to be drawn on by decision makers when project-managing post-disaster recovery operations.
The value of the paper is that it bridges the gap between managerial contexts and technical aspects of post-disaster recovery process in an effort to rapidly and efficiently rebuild municipal infrastructure.
The authors would like to thank all the interviewees for their valuable time and insights. The New Zealand Earthquake Commission (EQC) is gratefully acknowledged for its financial support.
Liu, M., Scheepbouwer, E. and Giovinazzi, S. (2016), "Critical success factors for post-disaster infrastructure recovery: Learning from the Canterbury (NZ) earthquake recovery", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 25 No. 5, pp. 685-700. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-01-2016-0006Download as .RIS
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