Recent studies of field collaboration

A recent article from the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management examined collaborative behaviour in four emergency response organizations.

Researchers found that “collaboration was practiced to a relatively small degree, and that it primarily took place due to understaffing,” a sentiment echoed amongst HFP stakeholders in our recent Stakeholder’s Forum. The desire and awareness of collaborative need is present amongst many forward looking organizations, yet the reality is often far more challenging.

As the complexity and interconnectedness of our organizational responsibilities increase, our propensity to collaborate may decrease. How might this tendency be resisted? How might over-stressed humanitarian response workers use technology or other means to collaborate more effectively in high stress situations?

HFP’s on-going research with the International Council of Voluntary Agencies tackles many of these issues.

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