Developing a Research Framework for Complex Multi-team Coordination in Emergency Management

C Owen, Chris Bearman, B Brookes, Janine Chapman, D Paton, L Hossain

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-17
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Emergency Management
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Command and control
    • Distributed situation awareness
    • Emergency management
    • Inter-organisational coordination
    • Multi-agency coordination
    • Multi-team coordination
    • Plan execution
    • Plan formulation
    • Shared mental models
    • Team learning
    • Teamwork

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