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Developing a research framework for complex multi-team coordination in emergency management


Owen, C and Bearman, C and Brooks, BP and Chapman, J and Paton, D and Hossain, L, Developing a research framework for complex multi-team coordination in emergency management, International Journal of Emergency Management, 9, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1471-4825 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1504/IJEM.2013.054098


This conceptual paper addresses previous calls for the development of new theoretical frameworks to better account for the multi-agency emergency management coordination required in complex events. It uses, as a departure point, a teamwork model that includes four phases: situation assessment; plan formulation, plan execution and team learning. The thesis put forward here is that we need to move the focus of analysis beyond the team to one of multi-layered multiple team and multiple organisation systems. To further develop this research framework indicators from multi-organisational literature are added to those found in the individual and teamwork literature to develop a more comprehensive account of multi-team multi-organisational coordination. The paper identifies key anchor points for future use in data collection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:teamwork; multi-agency coordination; emergency management; shared mental models; situational awareness
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Owen, C (Dr Christine Owen)
UTAS Author:Brooks, BP (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:86770
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2013-10-21
Last Modified:2018-04-04

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