The paper applies the concept of dynamic capabilities to the field of high reliability organizations and particularly to EU Taranis 2013, an international civil protection exercise.
The paper draws on the multi-level model by Wilkens et al. (Wilkens & Gröschke, 2007; Wilkens, Keller, & Schmette, 2006). In this model dynamic capabilities are based on four dimensions of competence at individual, team, and organizational level. In a survey-based analysis, the paper identifies the four dimensions of competence at the individual and team level in high reliability organizations at civil protection exercises.
The paper demonstrates that Wilkens et al.’s model of four dimensions of competence for analyzing dynamic capabilities can be well transferred to the field of high reliability organizations.
Transferring the competence model of dynamic capabilities to high reliability organizations has created a new field of research. The survey conducted on top executive level symbolizes a pre-test for further empirical studies in high reliability organizations including members on all organizational levels. Further research may also explore particularities of the participating teams and their frames of reference in international civil protection exercises – partly networks, partly bureaucratic systems, etc.
The concept of dynamic capabilities is highly relevant for civil protection, particularly in terms of cross-situational competences. Competences at team level are of crucial importance, because the handling of emergency cases is largely based on the cooperation of teams stemming from different rescue organizations.
Kaltenbrunner, K. and Renzl, B. (2014), "Dynamic Capabilities at the Civil Protection Exercise: Eu Taranis 2013",
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