Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An organizational perspective on U.S. wildland firefighting operations: Opening the black box
by Vigneaux, Gregory J., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 142; 10195159
Abstract (Summary)

The U.S. federal wildland fire management system continues to experience rises in the number of acres burned annually and increases in management expenditures surrounded by firefighter death and injury. Despite a wealth of relevant academic research regarding wildland firefighting operations, a prominent nexus of these dynamics, there is little research regarding the response organization used to facilitate these operations on the fireground. Owing to a lack of research, wildland firefighting operations have remained a black box, meaning something with unknown internal workings, between the top of the response organization and the environment. From the perspective of systems thinking, the absence of a complete understanding of wildland firefighting operations prevents the dynamics of the larger domestic federal wildland fire management system from being holistically understood. In response to this gap in knowledge, this thesis explores wildland firefighting operations from an organizational perspective through a secondary analysis of qualitative data.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Feldmann-Jensen, Shirley
Commitee: Jensen, Steven, Rodrigue, Christine M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Criminology, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, School of
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Natural Resource Management, Social structure
Keywords: Emergency management, Incident command system, Natural hazards, Organizational culture, Organizational structure, United States, Wildland fire
Publication Number: 10195159
ISBN: 978-1-369-32019-0
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