COE: Multi-Organizational Collaborative Leadership and Interaction
Principal Investigators: Tricia Wachtendorf with William Waugh (Georgia State University)
The goal of this project is to help officials do a better job of coordinating incidents that are multi-organizational and/or multi-jurisdictional. Consideration is given to traditional formal responders as well as other community-based involvement and the integration of public and private sector efforts, social and human factor elements, and political and cultural facilitators/barriers to response participation. This project will: (1) assess the effectiveness of current organizational structures and incident management systems in building and maintaining collaboration among stakeholders involved in managing hazards and disasters; (2) identify best practices, major issues, and the skill-set (individual and organizational) necessary to build and maintain collaborative relationships; (3) identify skills, cultural features, and social relationships that can foster effective improvised action when a multi-organizational response is necessary; and (4) design and test a training program in collaborative management and leadership for community and state officials involved in managing hazards and disasters. Research methodology includes focus groups, in-depth interviews, and test-bed application.