Huffman Trucking is a national transportation company based in Cleveland, Ohio. (UOP, 2009) The organization has 1,400 employees and 800 trucks on the road, with logistical hubs in California, New Jersey and Missouri. The company’s mission reads: “our mission is to be a profitable, growing, adaptive company in an intensively competitive logistical services benefit environment.” The focus of Huffman’s mission is on stockholders, customers, regulatory, employees, stakeholders and technology, which supports the company in accomplishing its mission. Huffman’s mission is tied closely to its business continuity plan, focusing on the appropriate areas of high-level concern in the mission statement. Business continuity relies heavily upon a carefully balanced approach to meeting and managing expectations of these focuses. This practice mitigates risk and promotes support of the business continuity plan. Analysis of the Risks to an Organization (Joey)
Analysis of How Internal Organizational Dynamics Influence Business Continuity Management (Louis)
In conducting an initial analysis of Huffman, the organizational dynamics appear to be contradictory. As mentioned above, the mission references a group that is not usually found in a privately owned company; a stockholder. However, as this is a privately owned company, the dynamics that influence the management of business continuity are for the most part internal to Huffman Trucking. Little is known of the management structure of Huffman, but it is assumed that the structure is similar to other firms in the industry. With this in mind, Huffman is an organization that resembles a pyramid and decision-making is reserved at the top of the pyramid. Internal organizational dynamics influencing business continuity management are found in this level of the company, but must be adopted and accepted by the remaining employee base.
Despite the lack of oversight that...