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The dominance of mechanistic behaviour: A critical study of emergency exercises
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6358-3528
Sahlgrenska Akademin, Göteborgs universitet.
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Emergency Management, ISSN 1471-4825, Vol. 9, no 4, 327-350 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, the focus is on emergency exercises between the police, rescue services and ambulance. By practising, it is assumed that the conditions improve for a quick normalisation after an incident. The purpose of this paper is to identify whether the exercises are designed after organic action logic and therefore can be assumed to strengthen the ability to handle emergencies. Data have been collected at two large, regional, full-scale exercises (2008 and 2012). Data collection has been done through observations and document studies. The study shows that mechanistic behaviour is quite prevalent in the two studied exercises. They are time consuming and put little emphasis on practising organic behaviour. Too complex exercise scenarios contribute to a low tempo, long waiting periods and slow implementation. To succeed, the exercises need to have a non-linear time sequence and limited scenarios that invite participants to focus on organisational interfaces.

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InderScience Publishers, 2013. Vol. 9, no 4, 327-350 p.
Keyword [en]
accident, emergency exercises, drill, organic, mechanistic, police, rescue services, ambulance, organisation, Sweden.
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Business Administration Public Administration Studies Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Public administration; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Business administration; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5993DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2013.059878Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84900407882OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-5993DiVA: diva2:700229
Available from: 2014-03-04 Created: 2014-03-04 Last updated: 2014-06-05Bibliographically approved

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