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Multi team incident management
Multi team incident management

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This project will develop tools that can be used in emergency contexts to enhance strategic level decision making in complex, time-critical, multi-team situations.

Practical decision tools for decision-making in emergency management - project overview

There is increasing pressure on agencies due to larger-scale natural hazards and financial constraints. Response and recovery is becoming more complex and emergency managers are more likely to become overwhelmed, leading to potential breakdowns in team coordination and errors.

Researchers are working with agencies to develop practical ways to help people cope in complex situations and better recover from breakdowns and errors. Towards this aim the project has three main research streams that seek to i) provide enhanced methods of making decisions; ii) develop methods to better monitor and modify the behaviour of teams; and iii) to identify the enablers and barriers to organisational learning so that the capabilities needed can continue to adapt and change.

This will include constructing straightforward ways for strategic level managers to track the performance of teams they are responsible for to ensure the team is not operating at the edges of safety. For example, using skill-based training to enhance peripheral vision and memory in decision making, developing breakdown indicators that can indicate a malfunctioning team for team monitoring, and unpacking the values and challenges that both enable and constrain learning from reviews of organisational performance.

Researchers have visited 18 agencies in Australia and New Zealand to collect data and discuss the issues around decision making, team monitoring and to identify how agencies currently assess and learn from reviewing their organisational performance. This has included urban and rural fire agencies, land management agencies, state emergency services, council officers with responsibility for search and rescue, and the Red Cross.

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2016 Journal Article Bosomworth, K., Owen, C. & Curnin, S. Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: reframing, networking and capacity building. Disasters 41, 306-323 (2016).
2016 Report Bearman, C. et al. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational learning in emergency management: Annual project report 2015-2016. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2016 Report Bearman, C., Rainbird, S., Brooks, B. & Owen, C. Proposed tools for monitoring teams in emergency management. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2016).
2015 Conference Paper Owen, C., Brooks, B. & Bearman, C. Challenges of Measuring Emergency Management Performance Under Adversity: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Conference Paper 2014. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014 (2015).
2015 Journal Article Owen, C., Scott, C., Adams, R. & Parsons, D. Leadership in crisis: developing beyond command and control. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 30, (2015).
2015 Journal Article Bhandari, R., Owen, C. & Trist, C. Incident Management Approaches above the Incident Management Team Level in Australia. Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management 12, 101-119 (2015).
2015 Report Bearman, C. et al. Practical decision tools for improved decision-making in complex, time-constrained and multi-team environments: Annual project report 2014-2015. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Owen, C. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational performance: Part four organisational performance research stream. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Bearman, C., Brooks, B. & Owen, C. Practical Decision Tools for Improved Decision-Making in Complex Situations Annual Report 2014. (2015).
2015 Report Bearman, C. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational performance: Part three team performance monitoring research stream. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Brooks, B. & Curnin, S. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational performance: Part two decision making research stream. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
2015 Report Bearman, C. et al. Decision making, team monitoring and organisational performance: Part One Executive Summary. (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2015).
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Decision Making, Team Monitoring and Organisational Learning
18 Aug 2015

This Project aims to provide enhanced ways of:

  • Making decisions in complex situations
  • Monitoring teams to detect problems
  • Learning from operational performance
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Chris Bearman Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016

This project has three main research streams that are:
•Providing enhanced methods of making decisions;
•Developing methods to better monitor and modify the behavior of teams
•Identifying the enablers and barriers to organizational learning

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