DS/CEN/TS 17091:2018

Crisis management – Guidance for developing a strategic capability

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This document provides guidance on good practice for crisis management to help the strategic decision makers of an organization to plan, implement, establish, operate, monitor, review, maintain and continually improve a crisis management capability. It is intended for any organization regardless of location, size, type, industry, structure, or sector. While it is important to be aware of human and cultural factors as they can cause stress when working as individuals and as part of groups, it is not the purpose of this document to examine aspects of these areas in detail.

This document provides guidance for:

- understanding the context and challenges of crisis management;

- developing an organization’s crisis management capability through preparedness (see 5.5);

- recognizing the complexities facing a crisis team in action;

- communicating successfully during a crisis; and

- reviewing and learning.

NOTE 1 – For further information on organizational resilience, see ISO 22316.

This technical specification is intended for management with strategic responsibilities for the delivery of a crisis management capability. It is for those who operate under the direction and within policy of top management in:

- implementing the crisis plans and structures; and

- maintaining and assuring the procedures associated with the capability.

It is not intended for emergency and incident response – these require the application of operational procedures whereas crisis management relies on an adaptive, agile, and flexible strategic response (see 4.3).

It does not cover interoperability or command and control or business continuity management systems.

NOTE 2 – For more information on interoperability and command and control, see ISO 22320. For more information on business continuity management systems, please see EN ISO 22301.

Number of pages: 35

Published: 2018-10-24

Date of approval: 2018-10-22

International relationships : CEN/TS 17091:2018 IDT

ICS: 03.100.01 - Company organization and management in general

Item number: M322610



  • CEN/TC 391
  • CEN/TC 391/WG 3

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