Examining Civil-Military Collaboration Behaviours


  1. Thomson, M.H.
  2. Brown, A.L.
  3. Davis, S.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
The current research was conducted for Defence Research and Development Canada – Toronto Research Centre in support of a 3-year applied research program (ARP) entitled “Training Toolkit for the Comprehensive Approach.” Using data from a previous ARP on “JIMP Essentials in the Public Domain” (see Thomson, Adams, Filardo, Flear, & DeWit, 2013), military and civilian collaboration efforts in an operational context were examined to provide the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) with training strategies to enhance civil-military interactions at the interpersonal level. Previous research had military and civilian participants negotiate through two fictional operational scenarios, a Refugee Camp scenario and a Project Security scenario. For the purposes of the current project, each interaction was transcribed verbatim and coded using a revised coding scheme (see Thomson, Brown, Davis, Filardo, & Adams, 2013). The coding scheme consisted of critical variables for collaboration, including communication, relationship building and negotiation styles. Results showed that CAF personnel engaged in significantly more optimal negotiation and optimal relationship building behaviours that their civilian counterparts (representing a non-governmental organization/NGO). In particular, CAF participants showed an interest in their counterpart’s concerns and were found to build credibility significantly more often than civilian (NGO) participants. Although there was no significant difference in
civil-military;collaboration;comprehensive approach
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2014-C207 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2014
Number of Pages
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