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Accession Number ADA570769
Title Understanding the Institutional Dimension of Inter-Agency Collaboration: The Basic Model.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 31p
Personal Author E. Ouellet
Abstract This report proposes a basic model to study the role of institutional dynamics in the context of interagency collaboration. It constitutes one of the deliverables of a Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) research project that seeks to develop 'high level models of collaboration behaviour and decision making, developing psycho-social conceptual models, and exploring potential mechanisms for overcoming social and cognitive barriers to collaboration.' The specific purpose of the proposed model is to provide an initial set of interrelated hypotheses to understand how institutional dynamics can facilitate or hinder interagency collaboration in a Canadian domestic context of national emergency, involving among others the Canadian Forces, the Canadian police, and the Department of National Defence. The report first introduces the sociological notion of institutional legitimacy in the wider context of understanding how social order is produced and maintained. Some findings from a review of the literature will be presented to illustrate how the military and the police forces in Canada, as institutions, founded their social legitimacy. Then the report provides a survey of the three key dynamics upon which institutions are maintaining, reinforcing, and defending their legitimacy. These dynamics, in following the seminal work of Richard Scott, are described as regulative, normative, and cognitive. In each case, indicators, sources of data, and methodological issues are discussed. In addition, the specific idiographic components of these institutional dynamics for Canadian military and police are presented. Lastly, possible rules for encoding these dynamics into a computerized synthetic environment are proposed. The report also looks beyond Scott's institutional analysis and presents the unconscious dimension of institutional dynamics. The report represents a first attempt at formalization of institutional dynamics in a meta-organizational context.
Keywords Attitudes(Psychology)
Decision making
Homeland security
Interagency coordination
Literature surveys
Military forces(Foreign)
Social psychology

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
92 - Behavior & Society
57T - Psychiatry
Corporate Author Royal Military Coll. of Canada, Kingston (Ontario).
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1315
Contract Number N/A

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