Interagency Trust in the Whole of Government Approach to Canadian Forces Operations – Subject Matter Expert Discussions

Confiance entre organismes dans le cadre de l’approche pangouvernementale adoptée dans le contexte des opérations des Forces canadiennes

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Authors
  1. Thomson, M.H.
  2. Adams, B.D.
  3. Hall, C.D.
  4. Brown, A.L.
  5. Flear, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
Abstract
In current operations (e.g., Afghanistan and Haiti), the Canadian Forces (CF) are expected to work closely with a number of other government departments (OGDs) in order to achieve a full range of national objectives. The Whole of Government (WoG) approach aims to consolidate the Government of Canada’s (GoC) strategic policy regarding international engagements. However, in practice, some WoG partners have limited experience working together and have different organizational cultures, which may hinder effective collaboration in practice. The purpose of this study was 1) to further understand the impact of interagency trust (or interorganizational trust) on collaboration efforts between civil and military actors in a WoG approach to operations, and 2) to generate recommendations for CF education and training regarding interagency collaboration. To this end, a number of subject matter experts (SMEs) were consulted to elicit their first-hand accounts of collaboration efforts in theatre, specifically highlighting those instances that signalled trust. Participant recollections revealed a number of organizational factors (e.g., strategy, systems, structure, and staffing) that may impede interorganizational trust in the WoG context. Civilian participants mentioned that they had to establish their credibility working in theatre by consistently delivering high quality input on a timely basis. Interpersonal trust was developed over time. Participants recommended that WoG education and

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Keywords
other government departments (OGDs);Whole of Government (WoG) approach;organizational cultures;collaboration;interagency trust;training
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2011-175 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2011
Number of Pages
82
DSTKIM No
CA037515
CANDIS No
537352
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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