Research Paper Each student must create and submit a COOP Plan for an agency, department or work group of your choice. You may write a COOP Plan for your employer or the department where you work. Or, you may contact an agency, organization, company, etc., and ASK them if you may build for them a COOP Plan as a graduate study project. As your starting point, you may use one of the Federal templates located here: https://www.fema.gov/planning-templates. Or, you may use any one of the dozens of state-level templates or COOP plans available on the internet. Or, in lieu of building a COOP plan, you may elect to submit a research paper on a topic that is relevant to Continuity Operations and Planning.
HLS 6080 Research Paper Why SMEs often ignore the idea of having continuity plans Name Affiliation/Institution Course Why SMEs often ignore the idea of having continuity plans Introduction Having a COOP is a good business practice. A COOP makes it possible for organizations to continue with their essential functions despite a range of hazards and emergencies (Wooford, 2015). Regardless the nature of the risk, that is, whether natural, technological or human-made, a continuity of operations plan will allow a business to keep functioning. It is essential to have one`s mind in the right place during a crisis but only a few people manage to do that, and this necessitates the presence of a continuity plan. The management of a business cannot risk getting carried away with the effects of a crisis because it is at such times that their strategic plans and thoughts are needed. Large companies embraced the idea of COOPs mainly because they have more to lose than small businesses. To them, the idea of going out of business is threatening to not only their profit margins but also their reputation and thus currently, almost all large organizations have COOPs. However, the same cannot be said for SMEs which have not embraced the idea of having COOPs. Research shows that only a few SMEs have continuity of operations plans and even the ones that do never take them seriously despite their importance to their survival. T...