Role-Playing Exercise: A Real-Time Approach to Study Collaborative Command and Control
2006 (English)In: International Journal of Intelligent Control and Systems, ISSN 0218-7965, Vol. 11, no 4, 218-228 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
During emergency response, emergency management and its command andcontrol system are particularly challenged as the responding taskforce putscountermeasures in place intensively and dynamically. To respondeffectively these countermeasures are typically coordinated throughcollaborative work of commanding staff. Information seeking,communication, and data sharing are essential elements of this collaborativecommand and control work. The traditional research methods used incommand and control research do not always allow researchers to fullyinvestigate these elements of collaborative work. In this paper, we describethe role-playing exercise, a real-time approach combining role-playing gamesand emergency management exercises, for studying collaborative command and control, particularly during improvisation and adaptation work. We alsodescribe the practical application of the role-playing exercise approach in theALFA-05 research study. This is followed by a discussion on methodologicallessons learned from this study. This includes simulation realism and control,ecological and communication settings, and data collection. Our experiencesuggests that the role-playing exercise approach can be considered as afeasible method for research studies, where interaction and communicationof commanding staff are in focus.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 11, no 4, 218-228 p.
Emergency response, command and control, collaboration, simulation, real-time approach, role-playing exercise
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-20636OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-20636DiVA: diva2:235374