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Connecting resilience concepts to operational behaviour: a disaster exercise case study

A new research paper by various authors from the Linköping University Hospital, Sweden, and the Swedish Defence Research Agency describes a method for analyzing resilience in crisis management teams.

Key points from the paper include:  

  • Contemporary crisis management studies often make use of the concept of resilience. However, resilience as a term has a wide variety of meanings and has been criticized as lacking operationalization and empirical validation.
  • This study aimed to link resilience concepts to observable behaviour within a disaster medicine management system.
  • An experienced crisis management team participated in a large‐scale crisis management exercise and behaviours were captured through observations, video, and audio recordings. These observable behaviours were classified into areas that exemplified resilient practice.
  • The study shows an empirical link from resilience concepts to observable behaviours during an exercise. Observed episodic narratives exemplify empirically connected specific strategies to specific resilience markers.
  • The results demonstrate a method with observed narratives for analyzing resilience in crisis management teams using a markers and strategies approach.

Read 'Connecting resilience concepts to operational behaviour: a disaster exercise case study' (PDF).

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