Behavioral, Attitudinal, and Cultural Factors Influencing Interagency Information Sharing
Final rept. Jun 2008-Nov 2009
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This research examined factors influencing information sharing between distributed organizations. Participating in a U.S. Joint Forces Command sponsored experiment, interagency partners conducted planning for simulated crises, with each organization working from their own location, utilizing their own information sharing technology to exchange information. Participants completed a pre- and post-experiment questionnaire, which examined factors influencing interagency information sharing. Findings suggest that organizational culture, attitudes toward information sharing, perceived interdependence, and trust are likely to influence information sharing behaviors and collaboration. Experiences throughout interagency experimentsexercises can shape future collaboration attitudes, so simply coming together to interact in an event will not necessarily result in better collaboration in the future. Suggestions for enhancing interagency collaboration based on questionnaire results and observations are presented.
- Information Science