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International cooperation of emergency services : limiting and facilitating factors between the Netherlands and Germany

Sniekers, R.C. (2016) International cooperation of emergency services : limiting and facilitating factors between the Netherlands and Germany.

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Abstract:The purpose of this research was to explore the underlying factors of international cooperation of emergency services in the Netherlands and Germany. This study builds upon contextual distances (Dawes et al. 2012). These distances have been examined through the use of a qualitative research design in which 10 professionals from the Netherlands and Germany in the field of international cooperation of police and security regions were interviewed. Data was analysed by a process of several coding rounds. The results show that there are four general categories with several subcategories which prove to be important within international cooperation of emergency services; communication (media, language, organisational procedures and culture), resources (technical, organisational and financial), organisational factors (operational, relational factors, geographical situation, political influence) and personal factors (intention and personal network). In addition, this research argues that influential factors on international cooperation can be seen as facilitating or limiting. The main facilitating factors of international cooperation are the similarities in shared elements, geographical situation, personal intention and benefits which arise from the resources organisations have to offer each other. Problematic and limiting remain the factors related to communication such as the differences in culture, media and organisational procedures.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:02 science and culture in general, 05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71537
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