Dennis O. Mesina
Bachelor of Science, University of Florida, 1999
Master of Public Administration, George Mason University, 2009
Learning in Complex Systems
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nguyen Engineering Building 1605, Fairfax Campus
All are invited to attend.
Sheldon Edner, Chair
This dissertation examines learning in disaster response networks from an intercrisis perspective. Using a complex systems framework to analyze disaster response networks and the distinct properties of their constituent parts, the author identifies relationships and processes that characterize multi-organizational responses to disasters. Starting with a traditional organizational learning model, the author observes and assesses rational-analytic learning efforts conducted by government and government-sponsored agents, following major catastrophes. The findings of this research suggest needed modifications in both theoretical models and processes to promote more effective learning in emergency response organizational systems, such as disaster response networks.
A copy of this dissertation is available at the JC Gateway library, Fairfax campus. Another copy is available from Shannon Williams, Schar School of Policy and Government.