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Organisational resilience and emergency management


Mees, B and McMurray, A and Chhetri, P, Organisational resilience and emergency management, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 31, (2) pp. 38-43. ISSN 1324-1540 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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The concept of resilience figures prominently in discussions of disaster risk reduction, emergency management and community safety. Overwhelmingly, such discussions view resilience as a highly desirable characteristic of communities. Policies and practices of emergency services organisations imply that a major role of such organisations is to promote and foster community resilience. Yet there is little appreciation of the importance of resilience as a necessary characteristic of emergency services organisations. In this paper we argue that emergency services organisations need to address their own resilience issues in order to properly fulfil their community protection responsibilities. The concept of organisational resilience in relation to Australia's volunteer-based emergency services organisations is discussed and the importance of organisational climate and organisational culture in relation to organisational resilience is stressed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:resilience, emergency management
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Human resources management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Human capital issues
UTAS Author:Mees, B (Dr Bernard Mees)
ID Code:128982
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-10-30
Last Modified:2018-11-09
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