Business as usual (business)

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Business as usual (BAU), the normal execution of standard functional operations within an organisation, forms a possible contrast to projects or programmes which might introduce change.[1] BAU may also stand in contradistinction to external events which may have the effect of unsettling or distracting those inside an organisation.[clarification needed][citation needed]


The maintenance of BAU is the primary goal of business continuity planning (BCP).[citation needed]

In climatology[edit]

"Business as usual" is a phrase is frequently used in climate change studies to warn of the dangers of not implementing changes in order to prevent the world from warming further.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Roberts, Paul (4 February 2013). "Chapter 1 The components of effective project management". Guide to project management : getting it right and achieving lasting benefit (2nd ed.). Wiley. ISBN 9781118383704.
  2. ^ Geman, Ben (2019-12-19). "Rethinking how we describe "business as usual" on climate change". Axios. Retrieved 2022-06-08.
  3. ^ Mooney, Chris; Freedman, Andrew (January 30, 2020). "We may avoid the very worst climate scenario. But the next-worst is still pretty awful". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 8, 2022.
  4. ^ Carter, Robert M.; Connolly, Michael; Connolly, Ronan; Soon, Willie (March 15, 2020). "How Much Human-Caused Global Warming Should We Expect with Business-As-Usual (BAU) Climate Policies? A Semi-Empirical Assessment" (PDF). Energies. 13 (6): 1. Retrieved June 8, 2022 – via MDPI.