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Subject Area: Organization Studies
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|Title:||A civil contingencies agency management system for disaster aid: a theoretical model|
|Author(s):||Sofia Nilsson, (Department of Leadership and Management, Swedish National Defence College, Karlstad, Sweden The Faculty of Arts and Education, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden), Misa Sjöberg, (Department of Leadership and Management, Swedish National Defence College, Karlstad, Sweden The Faculty of Arts and Education, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden), Gerry Larsson, (Department of Leadership and Management, Swedish National Defence College, Karlstad, Sweden The Faculty of Arts and Education, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden)|
|Citation:||Sofia Nilsson, Misa Sjöberg, Gerry Larsson, (2010) "A civil contingencies agency management system for disaster aid: a theoretical model", International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Vol. 18 Iss: 4, pp.412 - 429|
|Keywords:||Contingency planning, Disasters, International aid|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/19348831011081886 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to develop a deeper theoretical understanding of a civil contingencies agency that, as part of its ordinary task, executes humanitarian aid and rescue operations following disasters in an international milieu, from a management perspective.
Design/methodology/approach – The approach taken is a qualitative interview study using a grounded theory approach to analysis.
Findings – A theoretical model was developed consisting of a hierarchical system of codes, categories, and superior categories. One superior category labelled underlying conditions consists of factors influencing the operative organisation abroad, such as political rule, availability of financiers, and the everyday activities of the organisation. Another superior category labelled the operation contains the dimension of time (before, during, and after the operation). Two core variables underlying rationale and resource structure of the operation were identified, whereby underlying rationale may be efficiency and humanity-related, whilst the resource structure of the operation consists of person-related qualities and physical, administrative, and material-logistic-related qualities. A cross-tabulation of these two core variables is the most developed part of the model.
Research limitations/implications – In terms of providing evidence, the theoretical model has limited value, as it has been developed through a qualitative grounded theory approach. Thus, there is a need to test its universal applicability.
Practical implications – The findings may serve as a starting point for a better understanding of civil contingencies agencies from a management perspective and as such provide a theoretical instrument of analysis for improved humanitarian aid and rescue operations.
Originality/value – The theoretical model of a civil contingencies agency management system for disaster aid executing humanitarian aid and rescue operations within the frames of supranational or international organisations in an international milieu is new and can be regarded as a context-specific contribution to complex system theory of organisations.
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