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Spanning organizational boundaries in emergency management


Curnin, SW and Owen, C, Spanning organizational boundaries in emergency management, International Journal of Public Administration, 37, (5) pp. 259-270. ISSN 1532-4265 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Taylor and Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/01900692.2013.830625


Multiagency emergency management coordination requires stakeholders to span organizational boundaries and facilitate collaboration among other agencies within temporary supraorganizations. Multiagency coordination is important in emergency management as disasters often require the collaboration of multiple agencies into temporary supraorganizations. However, little is known about the boundary spanning activities that influence this collaboration. Based on 39 semistructured interviews with senior emergency management practitioners spanning organizational boundaries, this paper proposes a typology of boundary spanning activities for emergency management. Embracing these activities may address some of the challenges associated with the collaboration of multiple agencies in a disaster.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Policy and administration
Research Field:Policy and administration not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Other information and communication services
Objective Field:Other information and communication services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Curnin, SW (Associate Professor Steven Curnin)
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Dr Christine Owen)
ID Code:90198
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2014-03-28
Last Modified:2015-05-06

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