Contributions of Management

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The Contributions of Management Theory and Practice to Emergency Management

John C. Pine is the Director of the Disaster Science and Management, Professor-Research with the Department of Environmental Studies and Interim Chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. (225) 578-1075
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This chapter takes a look at the impact that management theory and how the basic functions and practice of management as well as the role of the manager and approaches to management have contributed to the practice of emergency management. Current views of management theory stress the changing nature of the external environment and
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The behavior scientists have also been involved suggesting the necessity of involving community organizations in planning and mitigation strategies. Finally, emergency management has been influenced by those who stress the need for quality management and the efficient use of resources, even in a disaster. The development of principles and concepts of management encouraged the formalization of schools of business during the Twentieth Century. We currently see the establishment of academic programs in emergency management from concentrations, minors, certificates, and even majors from the associate to the advanced doctoral degree programs. The school of hard knocks is quickly evolving into formal academic programs in emergency management and homeland security. One wonders if the future has academic departments or schools of emergency management and homeland security. The key is that the development of professionals in emergency management requires a formal educational process and an intentional exposure to emergency management theory and concepts. Today over one hundred colleges and universities offer some program in emergency management. The standardization of these curriculums will evolve just as similar initiatives grew in response to a need for quality instructional programs. The contribution of organizational culture theory and the impact of environmental constraints is an important part of the growth of management theory over the
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