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Building Bridges Between Private And Public Sectors

Written by  Matt Walton

No company is an island. In today’s complex world, all institutions depend on others to perform their daily business. These interdependencies become especially critical in the face of disruptions and emergencies. Without effective collaboration during a crisis, a company can lose money, customer confidence, market value, and, ultimately, human life. Consequently, business continuity planners must identify ways to work with those organizations they will have to rely upon to meet the challenges of the range of different problems that may impact their companies. Despite the clear need for collaboration, historically there have been two principal obstacles to effectively addressing the problem: organizational issues and technological limitations. In many ways, the organizational challenge is the most difficult to overcome. Each company and public agency has its unique mission, culture, and ways of doing business that are deeply ingrained in the company. Even more importantly, organizations are innately private. Their automatic response is