Communicable Crises: Prevention, Response, and Recovery in the Global Arena

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Deborah E. Gibbons
IAP, 2007 - Business & Economics - 382 pages
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This volume makes a significant contribution to the crisis management literature. It also adds to our inchoate understanding of network governance: temporary teams and task forces, communities of practice, alliances, and virtual organizations. It hints that the distinction between networks and organizations may be somewhat spurious, a matter of degree rather than kind. Indeed, it seems that this distinction may derive more from mental models in which we consistently reify organizations than anything else. Finally, the volume emphasizes the functional importance of leadership in network governance and puzzles over its provision in the absence of hierarchy. As such, it adds to the contributions made by Marc Granovetter (1973), John Seeley Brown and Paul Duguid (1991), Bart Nooteboom (2000), Paul J. DiMaggio (2001), John Arquilla and David Ronfeldt (2001), Laurence O'Toole and Ken Meier (2004), and others, as well as Nancy Roberts' seminal work on wicked problems and hastily formed teams. The result is a product the editor and the contributors can be proud of. Overall, it is one that will edify, surprise, and delight its readers.
 

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Contents

High Performance
1
Reflections
27
Technological Transformation of Logistics
47
Improving Disaster Management Through Structured
83
The United Kingdoms Response
169
Nonprofit Organizations and Volunteers
203
How Governments Can Help Businesses Weather
241
Globalization and International Communicable Crises
265
Constraints on the U S Response to the 911 Attacks
301
Lessons From
323
About the Authors
375
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