A Complexity Framework for Studying Disaster Response Management

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A Complexity Framework for Studying Disaster Response Management. / Bergström, Johan; Uhr, Christian; Frykmer, Tove.

I: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Vol. 24, Nr. 3, 01.09.2016, s. 124-135.

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T1 - A Complexity Framework for Studying Disaster Response Management

AU - Bergström, Johan

AU - Uhr, Christian

AU - Frykmer, Tove

PY - 2016/9/1

Y1 - 2016/9/1

N2 - Guided by complexity theory, in this article, we argue that a complex understanding of disaster response management can be achieved by making multiple, transparent and modest interpretations. We suggest an analytical framework in which multiple system interpretations are constructed, all based on explicit analytical choices according to three aspects: (1) system dimension, (2) system scope and (3) system resolution. We apply the framework to a major Swedish forest fire and conclude that direction and coordination as system properties, emerging at a macro level, are the result of interplay between various patterns of influences. These patterns, we argue, can be constructed and analysed through a complexity framework allowing for the construction, and contrasting, of multiple system interpretations.

AB - Guided by complexity theory, in this article, we argue that a complex understanding of disaster response management can be achieved by making multiple, transparent and modest interpretations. We suggest an analytical framework in which multiple system interpretations are constructed, all based on explicit analytical choices according to three aspects: (1) system dimension, (2) system scope and (3) system resolution. We apply the framework to a major Swedish forest fire and conclude that direction and coordination as system properties, emerging at a macro level, are the result of interplay between various patterns of influences. These patterns, we argue, can be constructed and analysed through a complexity framework allowing for the construction, and contrasting, of multiple system interpretations.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84977139808&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1111/1468-5973.12113

DO - 10.1111/1468-5973.12113

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84977139808

VL - 24

SP - 124

EP - 135

JO - Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management

JF - Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management

SN - 1468-5973

IS - 3

ER -