The influence of familiarity on teamwork and decision making
Fire Note 106 investigates the teamwork and decision making differences between familiar (pre-formed) and unfamiliar (ad hoc) incident management teams (IMTs). View the Fire Note here.
This research is a completed PhD project by Peter Hayes, part of the Safe behaviour and decision making project from the first phase of the Bushfire CRC (2003-2010). It examines the ways in which the performance of pre-formed IMTs was clearly superior to that of ad hoc IMTs, and identifies ways that fire agencies can assist members of ad hoc IMTs quickly become more familiar with each other.
Many more resources from this project, including a video explaining the research, are available on Peter's profile page.