An ill wind that blows some good: groups and teams helping in Vanuatu after cyclone Pam

Hingst, Ray (2015) An ill wind that blows some good: groups and teams helping in Vanuatu after cyclone Pam. In: Southern Management Association Annual Meeting (SMA2015), 27-31 Oct 2015, Florida, USA.

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[Introduction]: Natural disasters of the scope of tropical cyclone Pam, a category five event and reportedly the strongest storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, bring devastation and human suffering on a vast scale. Such was the case in Vanuatu and other South Pacific nations in March 2015. The relief effort that followed, while focusing on reducing the impacts of lost lives, infrastructure, and homes by providing emergency shelter, medical supplies, food and water also created the opportunity from different organisations to combine their collective efforts for the benefit of the people of Vanuatu. An unanticipated consequence of the working relationships which developed of necessity, was the chance to compare organisational cultures and modus operandi in a working environment and circumstances unfamiliar to most participants.

This paper records some initial responses from a participant observer’s perspective, as a member of the Australian Defence Force assisting with Civil/Military Cooperation (CIMIC) in the National Disaster Management Office, (NDMO), in Port Vila. It will contrast the approaches taken to group formation between actors in the Humanitarian Community, (HC), composed of a number of International Organizations, (IO), Non-government Organizations, (NGO); Government of Vanuatu, (GOVU), agencies with military members of various nations assisting with the relief efforts.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: This paper explores the formation of groups and the development of interagency teams within the Humanitarian Space during Disaster Relief Operations.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Management and Enterprise
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2016 03:55
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 04:12
Uncontrolled Keywords: humanitarian space; humanitarian assistance; group formation; team development; Civil Military Cooperation
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150311 Organisational Behaviour
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810199 Defence not elsewhere classified
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810109 Personnel
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/28091

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