A theoretical framework for negotiating the path of emergency management multi-agency coordination

Steven Curnin, Christine Owen, Douglas Paton, Benjamin Brooks

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Multi-agency coordination represents a significant challenge in emergency management. The need for liaison officers working in strategic level emergency operations centres to play organizational boundary spanning roles within multi-agency coordination arrangements that are enacted in complex and dynamic emergency response scenarios creates significant research and practical challenges. The aim of the paper is to address a gap in the literature regarding the concept of multi-agency coordination from a human-environment interaction perspective. We present a theoretical framework for facilitating multi-agency coordination in emergency management that is grounded in human factors and ergonomics using the methodology of core-task analysis. As a result we believe the framework will enable liaison officers to cope more efficiently within the work domain. In addition, we provide suggestions for extending the theory of core-task analysis to an alternate high reliability environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-307
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Economics
Volume47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Curnin, Steven ; Owen, Christine ; Paton, Douglas ; Brooks, Benjamin. / A theoretical framework for negotiating the path of emergency management multi-agency coordination. In: Applied Economics. 2015 ; Vol. 47. pp. 300-307.
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In: Applied Economics, Vol. 47, 03.2015, p. 300-307.

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