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    Author(s): Toddi A. Steelman; Branda Nowell; Deena Bayoumi; Sarah McCaffrey
    Date: 2014
    Source: Administration and Society. 46(6): 707-743.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    We leverage economic theory, network theory, and social network analytical techniques to bring greater conceptual and methodological rigor to understand how information is exchanged during disasters. We ask, "How can information relationships be evaluated more systematically during a disaster response?" "Infocentric analysis"—a term and approach we develop here—can (a) define an information market and information needs, (b) identify suppliers of information and mechanisms for information exchange, (c) map the information exchange network, and (d) diagnose information exchange failures. These steps are essential for describing how information flows, diagnosing complications, and positing solutions to rectify information problems during a disaster.

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    Steelman, Toddi A.; Nowell, Branda; Bayoumi, Deena.; McCaffrey, Sarah. 2014. Understanding information exchange during disaster response: Methodological insights from infocentric analysis. Administration and Society. 46(6): 707-743.


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    disasters, information, social network analysis, interorganizational coordination communication, exchange markets, infocentric social network analysis, wildfire

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