Emerging communities of collaboration: co-location in emergency response systems in Sweden
2014 (English)In: 11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management - ISCRAM 2014 / [ed] S.R. Hiltz, M.S. Pfaff, L. Plotnick, and P.C. Shih, 2014, 546-555 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Co-location as a form of network governance is a way of organizing response teams when responding to an emergency situation. At the ‘Safety house’ in the province of Jämtland in Sweden main emergency response actors and supporting actors work together in a shared physical place in order to facilitate the process of cooperation and joint decision making. In order to identify the strengths, weaknesses, obstacles, needs and information system role, we explored this case by looking at how the involved actors experience this new working context. We applied an analytical framework developed specifically for new forms of emergency response. It was found that co-location of actors increases the efficiency in using professional response resources and shortens the emergency response time. Information systems can have a significant role in improving the collaboration between actors at the ‘Safety house’. However secrecy issues, the problem of control and politics and the evaluation of the performance of actors are major challenges which face further development of the co-location concept.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. 546-555 p.
Emergency, Crisis Management, Network governance
Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109496ISBN: 9780692211946OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-109496DiVA: diva2:739239
11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2014), University Park, Pennsylvania, USA, 18 May 2014