Exploring decision-relevant information pooling by humanitarian disaster response teams

W.J. Muhren, D. Durbic, B.A. van de Walle

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    It is a well-known fact that a lack of information will lead to suboptimal decisions. But even when actors jointly have all the information they need to make a well-informed decision, they may fail to find a superior alternative. This hidden profile paradigm would cause misrepresentations of crisis situations and lead to ineffective response. In this research-in-progress paper, we present the first stage of our experimental study on group decision making in humanitarian disaster response, in which we want to find out how teams can be supported to share more information, make better sense, and ultimately avoid such misrepresentations of crisis situations. First results reveal that humanitarian disaster response teams are able to share significantly more information if they would make use of more advanced information and communication systems. However, none of the teams in the experimental setup managed to find the optimal decision.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International ISCRAM Conference (ISCRAM2010)
    EditorsS. French, B. Tomaszewski, C. Zobel
    Place of PublicationSeattle, WA
    PublisherISCARM
    Pages1-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Disaster response
    Pooling
    Misrepresentation
    Information share
    Information needs
    Experimental study
    Paradigm
    Group decision making
    Communication systems
    Information systems

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    Muhren, W. J., Durbic, D., & van de Walle, B. A. (2010). Exploring decision-relevant information pooling by humanitarian disaster response teams. In S. French, B. Tomaszewski, & C. Zobel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International ISCRAM Conference (ISCRAM2010) (pp. 1-5). Seattle, WA: ISCARM.
    Muhren, W.J. ; Durbic, D. ; van de Walle, B.A. / Exploring decision-relevant information pooling by humanitarian disaster response teams. Proceedings of the 7th International ISCRAM Conference (ISCRAM2010). editor / S. French ; B. Tomaszewski ; C. Zobel. Seattle, WA : ISCARM, 2010. pp. 1-5
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    Muhren, WJ, Durbic, D & van de Walle, BA 2010, Exploring decision-relevant information pooling by humanitarian disaster response teams. in S French, B Tomaszewski & C Zobel (eds), Proceedings of the 7th International ISCRAM Conference (ISCRAM2010). ISCARM, Seattle, WA, pp. 1-5.

    Exploring decision-relevant information pooling by humanitarian disaster response teams. / Muhren, W.J.; Durbic, D.; van de Walle, B.A.

    Proceedings of the 7th International ISCRAM Conference (ISCRAM2010). ed. / S. French; B. Tomaszewski; C. Zobel. Seattle, WA : ISCARM, 2010. p. 1-5.

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    Muhren WJ, Durbic D, van de Walle BA. Exploring decision-relevant information pooling by humanitarian disaster response teams. In French S, Tomaszewski B, Zobel C, editors, Proceedings of the 7th International ISCRAM Conference (ISCRAM2010). Seattle, WA: ISCARM. 2010. p. 1-5