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Governing the sea rescue service in Sweden: communicating in networks
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7694-7397
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, Vol. 11, no 1, 269-280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses how various actors communicate about and coordinate sea rescue activities in networks. We combine a network approach with theories of inter-organization communication to understand how communication can facilitate or limit coordination in networks. Search and rescue officers retain the overall authority to direct rescue missions, and coordination with several other professions is central to this. When coordinating different professional actors in a network it is important to develop trust, legitimacy, and a shared and uniform understanding of the situation and of how to act. Communication deficiencies often result from the fact that involved actors belong to different organizations with different cultures or representing different professions. The greatest gap we found was between those working and not working at sea, and between those habitually or seldom involved in rescue activities. Communication comprises more than simply exchanging information; it also entails the forging of relationships, to facilitate future coordination and cooperation and to develop mutual trust and understanding. In any rescue operation it is important that the actors interpret communication in the same way and act according to a shared pattern. Joint training and follow-up are important conditions for continuous learning and development in this regard.

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2008. Vol. 11, no 1, 269-280 p.
Keyword [en]
communication, network, governance, cooperation, coordination, interprofessional communication, search and rescue service, Sweden, governance
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-16689DOI: 10.1080/13669870801939449OAI: diva2:160014
This is an electronic version of an article published in: Jenny Palm and Eva Törnqvist, Governing the sea rescue service in Sweden: communicating in networks, 2008, Journal of Risk Research, (11), 1, 269-280. Journal of Risk Research is available online at informaworldTM: Copyright: Taylor & Francis Available from: 2009-02-12 Created: 2009-02-11 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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