Humanitarian organizational collaboration: Information technologies as necessary but not sufficient

Louis Marie Ngamassi Tchouakeu, Carleen Maitland, Andrea H. Tapia, Kartikeya Bajpai

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Abstract

Organizations in the humanitarian relief field increasingly need to look outside their own boundaries and engage in a significant level of inter-organizational collaboration. In studying collaborative processes in the nonprofit context, researchers have used different theoretical approaches to investigate the motivations behind why organizations collaborate. Although these studies have contributed to shed some lights on these collaborative mechanisms, little is still known about the main factors that influence the decision of humanitarian organizations to engage into collaboration especially with regards to the implications of information technologies. In this paper, we explore factors for collaboration among members of the GlobalSympoNet, a network of organizations engaged in humanitarian information management. We analyze data collected through nineteen semi-structured interviews. We identified seven factors that could be grouped into three categories including structural, behavioral and organizational. Our findings also suggest that information technologies alone are not enough to motivate and maintain long lasting collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Early-Warning Systems to Preparedness and Training, ISCRAM 2011
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
ISBN (Print)9789724922478
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Event8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: May 8 2011May 11 2011

Publication series

Name8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: From Early-Warning Systems to Preparedness and Training, ISCRAM 2011

Other

Other8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2011
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period5/8/115/11/11

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems

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