Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Public Management and Policy
William L. Waugh - Committee Chair
Christopher M. Weible - Committee Member
Douglas S. Noonan - Committee Member
Robert B. Olshansky - Committee Member
Ronald G. Cummings - Committee Member
Disaster researchers have established the determinants of preparedness and mitigation at the household level of analysis. However, at the organizational level, there is limited research and no theory to guide research on the determinants of preparedness and mitigation. The main goal of this study is to answer the question "what are the determinants of mitigation and preparedness at the organizational level?" The data come from a survey of 227 organizations in Memphis, Tennessee. This study uses Tobit regression technique to identify the determinants. This study finds that organizational size and concern over disaster impact are strong positive determinants of mitigation and preparedness in organizations. In addition, there is a significant and non-linear relationship between organizational obstacle and mitigation and preparedness activities. The study concludes with policy implications and recommendations for future studies.
Sadiq, Abdul-Akeem Ademola, "Mitigating and Preparing for Disasters: A Survey of Memphis Organizations." Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2009.