Crossing borders, organizations, levels and technologies: IS collaboration in humanitarian relief

Andrea H. Tapia, Edgar Maldonado, Louis Marie Ngagamassi Tchouakeu, Carleen Maitland, Kang Zhao, Kartikeya Bajpai

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Abstract

Humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are increasingly facing complex challenges due to the high frequency of natural disasters and the growing number of actors in the humanitarian relief sector. One of these complex challenges is the management of information. In an attempt to mitigate these challenges, NGOs are increasingly collaborating through inter-organizational structures such as collaboration bodies to find mechanisms to coordinate information technologies. These collaboration bodies facilitate four kinds of "cross" collaboration; 1) cross organization, 2) cross border, 3) cross levels, and 4) cross technology. Within each collaboration body the role and function of a project also takes on special significance as much of the cross collaboration activities are channeled through projects that cross all four types of collaboration. In this paper we examine four case studies set in two collaboration bodies focused on IT in the humanitarian sector.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
Pages301-311
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010 - Lima, Peru
Duration: Aug 12 2010Aug 15 2010

Publication series

Name16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
Volume1

Other

Other16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
CountryPeru
CityLima
Period8/12/108/15/10

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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Tapia, A. H., Maldonado, E., Tchouakeu, L. M. N., Maitland, C., Zhao, K., & Bajpai, K. (2010). Crossing borders, organizations, levels and technologies: IS collaboration in humanitarian relief. In 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010 (pp. 301-311). (16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010; Vol. 1).