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There is more and more literature which explore the field of crisis management and try to provide comprehensive and systematic processes to overcome the crises due to the existence of potential crises in any organizations and the horrible result they would cause Thus crisis management has become one of the most important parts of a companys strategic management When a company carries out a strategic management plan it is undeniable that a clear internal analysis should be done first This internal analysis involves the concern of a comprehensive threat analysis for the organization I found that the book Coping with Crises--The Management of Disasters Riots and Terrorism which provides not only the knowledge of crisis management but also resourceful cases is a useful tool for managers to get a deep understanding of the method of crisis analysis and learn from practical cases to guide their internal analysis for organizations This article aims to evaluate the value of the book on behalf of strategic management In the first place the aim of this book is to provide a contingent decision path perspective for crisis decision making via analyzing affluent actual cases in related to political crises hotel industry airline industry sports events space shuttle and so forth Mitroff Pearson 1993 p 53 adapted by Santana 1999 p 4 maintains that there are five phases of crisis management signal detection preparation and prevention damage limitation recovery and learning Obviously this book focuses on giving practical knowledge of the effective implementation of the first step by describing the detailed causality of those actual crises For example the chapter 6 in this book clearly analyzes three key aspects of the disaster--fire at Summerland Leisure Centre Douglas Isle of Man on August 2 1973--the occurrence and development process of the fire staff and the fire brigades behaviors during the crisis and key actors the crisis decision making involving control tower operator technical services manager house manager and
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