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Disaster management: findings from a systematic review

Emanuele Lettieri (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy)
Cristina Masella (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy)
Giovanni Radaelli (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 24 April 2009

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to discuss a systematic review of the literature about disaster management within the period 1980‐2006.

Design/methodology/approach

The research protocol is based on the methodology that is commonly used in healthcare for analysing the literature and provides a state‐of‐art medical discipline. The paper presents both a descriptive analysis and a thematic analysis in order to provide a state‐of‐art of international literature. The research protocol is provided in order to make transparent the review process.

Findings

The descriptive analysis highlights the peculiarities of the literature in terms of attention paid during the years, country of provenience and clusters of content of the selected papers. The thematic analysis deepens the content of the papers formalising the state of art.

Research limitations/implications

The review considered only academic journals and peer‐reviewed published papers, excluding working papers and books.

Practical implications

Through both the analyses the authors argue for scholars in disaster management specific streams for further research and for providing practitioners with a state of art of disaster management discipline.

Originality/value

The paper is original and is aimed at translating to the disaster management discipline the methodology of the systematic review commonly used in healthcare disciplines.

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Citation

Lettieri, E., Masella, C. and Radaelli, G. (2009), "Disaster management: findings from a systematic review", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 117-136. https://doi.org/10.1108/09653560910953207

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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