Examining Civil-Military Collaboration Behaviours
HumanSystems Incorporated Guelph, ON Canada
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The current research was conducted for Defense research and Development Canada Toronto Research Centre in support of a 3-year applied research program ARP entitled Training Toolkit for the Comprehensive Approach. Using data from a previous ARP on JIMP Essentials in the Public Domain see Thomson, Adams, Filardo, Flear, and DeWit, 2013, military and civilian collaboration efforts in an operational context were examined to provide the Canadian Armed Forces CAF with training strategies to enhance civil-military interactions at the interpersonal level. Previous research had military and civilian participants negotiate through two fictional operational scenarios, a Refugee interaction was transcribed verbatim and coded using a revised coding scheme see Thomson, Brown, Davis, Filardo, and Adams, 2013. The coding scheme consisted of critical variables for collaboration, including communication, relationship building and negotiation styles. Results showed that CAF personnel engaged in significantly more optimal negotiation and optimal relationship building behaviours then their civilian counterparts representing a non-governmental organizationNGO. In particular, CAF participants showed an interest in their counterparts concerns and were found to build credibility significantly more often than civilian NGO participants.