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Organisational features and their effect on the perceived performance of emergency management organisations

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Bhandari, RB and Owen, C and Brooks, B, Organisational features and their effect on the perceived performance of emergency management organisations, Disaster Prevention and Management, 23, (3) pp. 222-242. ISSN 0965-3562 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1108/DPM-06-2013-0101

Abstract

Purpose This study reports on a survey of experienced emergency management personnel in Australia and New Zealand to identify the influence of organisational features in perceived emergency management performance. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the influence of organisational features in emergency response performance and to discuss how this knowledge can be used to enhance the response capacity of emergency services organisations. Design/methodology/approach Based on a review of the literature, a conceptual theoretical model for organisational performance is first developed based on four organisational features found to be previously important in emergency management organisation. These are, adaptability, leadership, stability (mission and direction) and stakeholder communication. An organisational survey was distributed to all 25 fire and emergency services agencies in Australia and New Zealand which included indicators of these elements. Responses were received from experienced emergency management personnel from fire and emergency services agencies. The sample was stratified into the three main organisational types, namely, established, expanding and extending organisations. Findings The findings reveal that the predictive significance of organisational features in emergency response performance vary among established, expanding and extending organisations. The predictive significance of stability, adaptability and leadership for perceived success is strong in all organisational types. It is interesting to note that the predictive significance of communicationwith external stakeholders is low in all organisation types. This indicates the preference of emergency services agencies to look internally within their own operations than externally to build relationships with different specialism. Originality/value The theoretical model in this study makes a first attempt to understand the role of organisational features in emergency response performance of organisations in Australia and New Zealand. This work contributes to theorizing emergency operations by highlighting how organisations need to manage two orientations simultaneously: their own internal as well as external orientations, together with their processes for managing both mission and direction and the need for change and flexibility.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:s Leadership, Adaptability, Emergency management performance, Mission and direction, Organizational features, Stakeholder communication
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water Transport
Objective Field:Passenger Water Transport
Author:Bhandari, RB (Dr Roshan Bhandari)
Author:Owen, C (Dr Christine Owen)
Author:Brooks, B (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:91427
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Seafaring
Deposited On:2014-05-20
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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