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Managers’ Identification of Natural Disaster Risks: Findings from a Survey of 18 Countries

Chang Hoon Oh (The University of Kansas School of Business, Lawrence, Kansas, USA)
Jennifer Oetzel (American University, Northwest Washington, D. C., USA)

International Business in Times of Crisis: Tribute Volume to Geoffrey Jones

ISBN: 978-1-80262-164-8, eISBN: 978-1-80262-163-1

Publication date: 14 March 2022

Abstract

In a largely exploratory study, the authors investigate: how do managers’ experiences with exogenous hazards (e.g., natural disaster risk) affect their identification of those hazards as salient to the firm? This analysis is based on an international survey of 575 managers across 18 disaster-prone countries. The authors examine whether and how locational hazard risk and managerial experience influence the identification of natural disaster risk as an important firm issue. The authors find that locational natural hazard risk, and direct and indirect experience with natural disasters, increases the likelihood that managers’ will identify firm-specific natural disaster risk as an important firm issue. In addition, the authors also find that managers are likely to identify natural hazards as a threat when natural hazard risk is high and when managers have experience in natural disasters that directly affected their businesses.

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Oh, C.H. and Oetzel, J. (2022), "Managers’ Identification of Natural Disaster Risks: Findings from a Survey of 18 Countries", van Tulder, R., Verbeke, A., Piscitello, L. and Puck, J. (Ed.) International Business in Times of Crisis: Tribute Volume to Geoffrey Jones (Progress in International Business Research, Vol. 16), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 451-473. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1745-886220220000016024

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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