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Business Confronts Terrorism: Risks and Responses

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Dean C. Alexander
Date Published
244 pages
This book examines the relationship between terrorism and business., and it analyzes the threats companies face due to terrorism, industry responses to these threats, and terrorism’s effects on conducting business in the post-September 11 environment.
Given its relation to economic security, the relationship between business and terrorism requires closer scrutiny. Terrorism weakens industry and society through the manipulation of economic system components, such as companies, nonprofits, labor, capital, and technology against their targets. In order to better understand the complex and evolving tensions of industry’s confrontations with terrorism, this book focuses on three key issues in the relationship between terrorism and business: (1) terror threats and the role that terrorists and their sympathizers play in the economic system; (2) business responses and public-private efforts to reduce these threats; and (3) terror’s impact on business. The books consists of eight chapters focusing on previous terrorist threats against the United States and non-United States targets, recent attacks against business and non-business interests worldwide, contemporary and future terror threats, terrorists and their participation in the economic system, the methodologies contributing to the funding of terror, the cost of corporate security, security service providers, the public-private partnership in combating terrorism, the effects of terrorism on labor and management, and the consequences or impact of terrorism on business including industry responses and long-term structural issues affecting business. The content of this book is intended to clarify the broad challenges that terror inflicts on business, industry responses to such threats, and the transformation of business due to such circumstances. Integrating the concept of terror in relation to its effects on business, both in theory and in practice is a growing post-September 11 trend. References