Accession Number:

ADA456104

Title:

Using Ethnography for Understanding Team Decision-Making in a Time-Sensitive Military Setting

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

MITRE CORP BEDFORD MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

27.0

Abstract:

We use two ethnographic methods, situated breakdown analysis and information ecologies, to understand how a group of military decision-makers collaborated as they performed a battle damage assessment BDA mission. These methods emphasized analysis of anomalous situations as well as the interdependencies among the people involved. By doing so, we were able to view decision-making beyond by the book situations and thus better understand collaboration needs. Further, we determined cases in which the technology provided to the military decision-makers could be improved to better support their collaboration needs. We believe this is the first use of situated breakdown analysis in a military setting.

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE