A centralized structure involves leading and executing the business continuity planning process within a single team and engaging the business as needed.
A decentralized structure involves leveraging a small number of centralized resources that offer consultative assistance and performance measurement while resources dispersed throughout the business execute the actual planning process.
Both approaches have pros and cons, so it’s critical that organizations select the appropriate approach that adheres to their organization’s overall strategy, structure, culture, and priorities. In this perspective, I’ll provide an overview of each type of structure, the attributes associated with them, and additional information to help you select the most effective method of implementing a business continuity program within your organization. Continue reading