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The 90 Second Collaboration - A critical study of collaboration exercises at extensive accident sites

Journal article
Authors Johan Berlin
Eric Carlström
Published in Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Volume 16
Issue 4
Pages 177-185
ISSN 0966-0879
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Pages 177-185
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5973.2008...
Keywords Exercises, Collaburation, First initiative, Parallelism, Switching
Subject categories Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy, Business Administration, Public Administration Studies

Abstract

In this study, a critical examination of collaboration, focusing on the alternatives, is carried out. The study is based on empirical data from four inter-organizational exercises involving ambulance police and fire departments. We studied collaboration between the three organizations, from the arrival of the first units, until the mission was completed. It was found that collaboration was practiced to a relatively small degree, and that it primarily took place due to understaffing. In summary, the different organizational phenomena are sorted on a scale of stability vs. change. The result of the study shows that the organizations observed strive for stability, preferring repeated and well-known behaviour.

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