Leadership roles and communication issues in partially distributed emergency response software development teams: A pilot study

Linda Plotnick, Rosalie Ocker, Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Mary Beth Rosson

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Abstract

Emergencies often require inter-organizational and/or international coordination for effective planning and response. Therefore, planning and response teams are often configured as partially distributed teams. A partially distributed team (PDT) is a virtual team, in which some sub-groups are collocated, yet the subgroups are dispersed from each other, and communication between them is primarily by electronic media. We describe a project investigating different configurations of group and sub-group distribution and leadership in global PDTs engaged in tasks related to emergency response; in this paper we focus on results related to the leadership configuration (each of two subgroups in a team chose a local leader) and communication issues. Analysis of pilot data has helped us to articulate key leadership roles and suggests that significant in-group/out-group divides occurred. Implications for practitioners and future research plans are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2008, HICSS
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 16 2008
Event41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2008, HICSS - Big Island, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 7 2008Jan 10 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
ISSN (Print)1530-1605

Other

Other41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2008, HICSS
CountryUnited States
CityBig Island, HI
Period1/7/081/10/08

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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Plotnick, L., Ocker, R., Hiltz, S. R., & Rosson, M. B. (2008). Leadership roles and communication issues in partially distributed emergency response software development teams: A pilot study. In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2008, HICSS [4438733] (Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences). https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2008.230