Once upon a time in Västmanland-the power of narratives or how the "truth" unfolds

Christian Uhr, Björn J E Johansson, Jonas Landgren, Martin Holmberg, Fredrik Bynander, Samuel Koelega, Jiri Trnka

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    Abstract

    In 2014 a small fire started in a forest in central Sweden. Within a few days it developed into the largest wildfire in Sweden in the last 50 years. As the scale of the fire increased, so did the need for direction and coordination of the resources engaged in the response operation. Both official investigators and the research community have studied the challenges and come up with recommendations for improvements of the Swedish crisis management system. All authors of this paper have been involved in such efforts. This paper is a result of us trying to formulate lessons learnt based on several written reports and official discussions. The development of the narratives constructed by individuals involved in the response, investigators and researchers is analyzed. We conclude that researchers need to pay attention to their own role in this development. Maybe there is a need for a game changer on the methodological side?

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationISCRAM 2016 Conference Proceedings - 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
    PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
    ISBN (Electronic)9788460879848
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2016 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Duration: 2016 May 222016 May 25

    Conference

    Conference13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2016
    Country/TerritoryBrazil
    CityRio de Janeiro
    Period2016/05/222016/05/25

    Subject classification (UKÄ)

    • Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified

    Free keywords

    • Case study
    • Choice of methodology
    • Evaluation of direction and coordination

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