A review of emergency organisations - The need for a theoretical framework

Hamilton, A and Toh, K 2010, 'A review of emergency organisations - The need for a theoretical framework', International Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 111-123.


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Title A review of emergency organisations - The need for a theoretical framework
Author(s) Hamilton, A
Toh, K
Year 2010
Journal name International Journal of Emergency Management
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 111
End page 123
Total pages 13
Publisher Inderscience
Abstract Disaster preparedness in emergency organisations has a heritage born out of civil defence and military traditions, but response to large-scale emergency invariably involves cross-agencies, often involving civilian organisations and resources. Changes to emergency organisations are taking place, and the complexity that has evolved in organisational features is discussed in this paper, drawing upon Victoria, Australia, as an example. Effective command propagation is a critical aspect of emergency response. In attempting to evaluate different models for command and control, this research has identified the requirement for a theoretical framework, which examines the organisation as a whole as well as the intricate relationships throughout the command chain. This paper presents a survey of the research domain as a first step, leading to the need for a theoretical framework for emergency organisations to be developed.
Subject Organisation and Management Theory
Keyword(s) Emergency management
conceptual modelling
military command and control
disaster preparedness
emergency organisations
command propagation
DOI - identifier 10.1504/IJEM.2010.033651
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ISSN 1471-4825
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