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Leadership during a Disaster

October 22 @ 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - MANN Hall 203

Alok Chaturved from the Krannert School of Management will be speaking. His lecture is titled, "Leadership during a Disaster."


Abstract:Inter-organizational teams such as the “Joint Operations Center” (JOC) are increasingly used for responding to unexpected events (e.g., natural or human-made disasters). The effectiveness of such teams, in the face of high uncertainty events, is linked closely to the various choices made by their members. Most strategic decision making (SDM) approaches advocate the importance of decision-making processes and response choices for obtaining effective outcomes. In quickly-formed temporary groups, individual member preferences are influenced by their organizational affiliation rather than by the needs of the situation at hand and these influences change over time. Using the Deepwater Horizon disaster case, we discuss how affiliation-situation conflicts lead to the breakdown in process-choice-effectiveness relationship. In contrast to prior research, our findings indicate that rational decision processes are not effective in crisis contexts, and that political decision processes may negatively influence both response choice and decision effectiveness. Therefore, a proper balance is required between Affiliation and Situation focus and Rational and Political decision making approaches.

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