Business Continuity Planning (BCP). Good practice in BCP and its relevance for Irish sme's

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Hughes, Nichola
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BA (Hons) BIM
Portobello College
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The focus of this research dissertation is Business Continuity planning (BCP) with particular reference to devising a process of "good practice" and the relevance of the concept to Irish small and medium enterprises (SME's). As primary research a questionnaire, Simulation model and case study were completed. The literature review includes data from the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), the US Government, the European Commission and the Computer Network Technologies Corporation (CNT). The findings of this research dissertation include the costs of production downtime to an Irish SME, the considerations underlying effective BCP, the steps in a process of "good practice" in BCP and the future developments in BCP in relation to Irish SME's. The conclusion and recommendation of this research dissertation is that BCP is crucial to surviving in the Information Society and that Irish SME's should be engaging in developing a BCP.