Interorganizational Resilience: Networked Collaborations in Communities After Superstorm Sandy

Jack L. Harris, Marya L. Doerfel

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Disaster recovery and response moves in increasingly predictable patterns from immediate after-crisis emergency response to long-term organizational and community recovery. Networked collaborations crossing multiple geographic and organizational boundaries are key parts of social resilience processes that enable effective response and recovery activities. Interorganizational resilience builds upon these networked collaborations and helps create the social infrastructure within communities necessary for response and recovery after disaster. This study analyzes the interorganizational relationships of a small New Jersey coastal community in the three- month period immediately after Superstorm Sandy made landfall. We find two organizations, a municipal agency and an emergent voluntary organization, emerge as key contributors to interorganizational resilience in this community by connecting disparate parts of the local stakeholder network. We place this community stakeholder network within the context of the National Response Framework and suggest that community stakeholder networks should be more fully accounted for in emergency planning and operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Network Analysis of Disaster Response, Recovery, and Adaptation
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128052839
ISBN (Print)9780128051962
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


  • Disaster response
  • Interorganizational relationships
  • Interorganizational resilience
  • Networked collaboration
  • Plural sector
  • Social resilience
  • Stakeholder networks
  • Superstorm sandy

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