Leadership Solutions

Public-Private Partnerships for Crisis Management

Public-Private Partnerships for Crisis Management


A Community Solution

This research paper from Michigan State University examines the benefits of government and the private sector (business and nonprofit organizations) creating a partnership focusing on joint critical incident management. Businesses and local government look to protect their people, property and information. Though they have similar goals they approach on how to prepare for, respond to and recover from the impact of critical incidents sometimes in different ways. Therefore, those businesses and local governments who are able to coordinate and collaborate should be more effective and efficient; thereby, reducing duplication, resources, and costs in managing critical incidents. Additionally, this research paper examines Michigan State University’s Critical Incident Protocol (CIP) – Community Facilitation program. Through the CIP Program, MSU facilitated at the city, county and regional level public/private partnership with 50 communities, including 3 train-the-trainer workshops in 24 states and with over 4,200 public and private sector executives and stakeholders participating in the workshops.

The paper includes:

  • Statement of the problem
  • Types of public/private partnerships and what's missing
  • Purpose of partnerships
  • Challenges of public/private partnerships
  • Public and private sector collaboration and benefits
  • Steps to creating a public/private partnership
  • Examples of partnership groups


** Note: This resource is available as a part of the MSU/SEC Business Continuity Working Group.  It is also available at no cost or at a discount to the Council community and strategic alliance partners based upon their level of involvement. Please contact Rob West if you need assistance.

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