Information management and technology issues addressed by humanitarian relief coordination bodies

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

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Abstract

Coordination bodies that attempt to overcome coordination barriers in humanitarian relief face many challenges. Among them are general organizational barriers to coordination as well as functionally-oriented barriers arising specifically from information management (IM) and information technology (IT) issues. Based on data collected from three coordination bodies, the research presented here examines IM and IT-related barriers, identifying similarities and differences between them as well as requirements for resolving them. The research finds that while many similarities exist, resolving IM issues typically requires higher levels of organizational change as compared to IT-related barriers. The research concludes that coordination bodies need to address a mixture of IT and IM related issues both to foster better coordination but also to ensure their efforts are successful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Subtitle of host publicationBoundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
ISBN (Print)9789163346040
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009
Event6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: May 10 2009May 13 2009

Publication series

NameISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives

Other

Other6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period5/10/095/13/09

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems

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