2015 TIEMS best academic paper award goes to the DRIVER project
At the end of September 2015, The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) held its annual conference in Rome, Italy. With the title “Evolving threats and vulnerability landscape: new challenges for the emergency management”, the event’s objective was to improve the emergency management attitude to gather new insights from emerging technologies by comparing emergency management operators with technologists in new and emerging technological fields.
The DRIVER (Driving Innovation in Crisis Management for European Resilience) project is proud to announce that the scientific paper entitled “Inter-organizational Lessons Learned: Perspectives and Challenges” prepared by DRIVER team members Dennis Andersson and Pär Eriksson (Swedish Defence Research Agency) won the best academic paper award.The abstract of the TIEMS 2015 Best Academic Paper
Emergency and crisis management organisations are routinely faced with uncertain and hazardous situations. In these situations, a single decision may be the difference between life and death. In unfamiliar such scenarios, controllers have been found to rely on improvisation and gut feeling; whereas in scenarios where they can relate to prior experience, decisions are made based on known procedures and experiential knowledge. Lessons learned processes are commonly employed to spread experiential knowledge and increase the robustness of an organisation, however this intra-organisational lessons learned processes seldom reach their full potential. It appears even rarer to share knowledge over organisational boundaries in other forms than through personnel takeover. Guided by interview data from several European organisations with an identified responsibility in within their respective national crisis management systems, this study sets out to identify common challenges for intra-organisational lessons learned and extrapolate on them to identify recommendations for inter-organisational knowledge sharing. The results of this study serve as a first step to define a pan-European vicarious learning framework for crisis management organisations.
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