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VOLUME 13 , ISSUE 1 (December 2012) > List of articles

Interorganizational Collaboration in the Hurricane Katrina Response

Carter T. Butts * / Ryan M. Acton / Christopher Steven Marcum

Keywords : Disasters, Hurricane Katrina, emergent multiorganizational networks, interorganizational collaboration

Citation Information : Journal of Social Structure. Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 1-37, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/joss-2019-027

License : (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Published Online: 14-August-2019

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In this paper, we employ archival materials from multiple institutional sources to reconstruct the dynamic network of interorganizational collaboration that emerged in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster of late 2005. Over the period from initial storm formation through the first week following landfall in Louisiana, we record active participation by over 1,500 organizations in response activities. We here conduct an exploratory analysis of the growth and evolution of the network of collaboration among responding organizations, an identification of organizations that emerged as central actors in the response process, and the cohesive subgroups that crystallized within the larger network. Finally, we conclude with a discussion of several issues related to the use of archival methods in research on interorganizational networks in disaster settings, and to the use of automated methods for network extraction.

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