A framework for the study of organizational agility

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Authors
  1. Jobidon, M-E.
  2. Turcotte, I.
  3. Champagne, J.
  4. Farrell, P.S.E.
  5. Tremblay, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);LAVAL UNIV, QUEBEC QUE (CAN) ECOLE DE PSYCHOLOGIE
Abstract
Increasingly, the Canadian Forces (CF) and public safety organizations face the challenge to develop organizational structures and technologies that promote the agility required to deal with the complex demands of crisis management situations. The present document describes a framework for the study of agility, either at the organization or team level, which can be used as a foundation to guide research efforts on that topic. This framework was developed as part of the Tracking Agility and Self-Synchronization in Crisis Management (TASSCM) project conducted under the Research Partnership program between the Department of National Defence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The framework includes a task environment that allows developing complex and dynamic team-based scenarios, and a series of metrics to measure agility and relevant teamwork variables. To observe transitions between C2 approaches requires a functional simulation in which we can vary contextual and organizational characteristics to create various conditions where a transition from one C2 approach to another can arise, and observe the emergent behaviours displayed by participants. The task environment that seemed best suited to fulfill this mandate is the C3Fire microworld platform, a forest firefighting simulation. In order to understand the ways in which teams or organizations achieve optimum performance through agility, the framework includes a series of metrics assessing var

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Keywords
agility;framework;crisis management;command and control;edge;NSERC;team performance;teamwork
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TM-2012-109 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 2013
Number of Pages
30
DSTKIM No
CA038371
CANDIS No
538542
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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