Collaborative Team Decision-Making in a Realistic CF Training Scenario

Prise de décision collective en équipe dans un scénario d’entraînement réaliste des FC


  1. Thomson, M.H.
  2. Adams, B.D.
  3. Tario, C.D.
  4. Brown, A.L.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
As part of a Canadian Forces (CF) pre-deployment training course, military personnel participate in several realistic training exercises. One such exercise simulates a human rights violation. In this scenario, unarmed trainees encounter armed police (a sergeant and constable) verbally and physically abusing two civilians and forcing them to dig what could be their own graves. The civilians plead for their lives, continuously declaring their innocence and imminent death should the trainees leave. The trainees are kept at a distance (approximately 60 feet) from the two civilians by the lead police officer, the sergeant (Sgt). Trainee teams led by a designated team leader and consisting of 2 to 4 members must negotiate with him only. Team members observe the proceedings between the Sgt and the team leader, providing few opportunities to collaborate with their team. Trainees are challenged to use the negotiation skills they have learned to fulfil their mission mandate, and to advocate for the fair treatment of the civilians to promote a successful resolution for all parties. The current study was initiated in response to the findings of two previous two studies (Thomson & Adams, 2007; Thomson, Adams, & Waldherr, 2008), in which team members have shown significantly more motivation to redo the scenario than team leaders. One possible explanation for this finding was that team members were not able to provide adequate input into the negotiation because the team leaders cont

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moral, ethics, Canadian Forces;decision making;training
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2008-098 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
29 May 2009
Number of Pages
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