THE DISASTER RESEARCH CENTER SIMULATION STUDIES OR ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR UNDER STRESS
Technical Report,01 Jan 1964,31 Dec 1967
OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS COLUMBUS United States
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The report summarizes the research undertaken from 1964 through 1967 as well as indicating the direction of new investigations that have been initiated. Chapter I describes the general research originally projected, the initial theoretical model set forth, and the physical facilities of the laboratory being used. The pilot study, using ad hoc small groups, is reported on in the next chapter. The major laboratory research conducted during the four years is discussed in Chapter III. This involved a realistic simulation of an actual police dispatching room. Chapter IV describes an experimental effort to test quantitatively in the laboratory some hypotheses drawn from a refined version of the original theoretical model used. The following chapter depicts an analogue study conducted as a result of questions generated by the two major laboratory simulations. The last two chapters of the report discuss the cross-cultural studies of communication initiated in an attempt to focus on interactional aspects of groups under stress, and the range of laboratory, experimental and field work projected for the future.