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dc.contributor.authorJakobsen, C. H.en
dc.contributor.authorMcLaughlin, W. J.en
dc.coverage.spatialGreat Basinsen
dc.coverage.spatialUnited Statesen
dc.coverage.temporal1993 - 1997en
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental Management 33(5): 591-605en
dc.descriptionMetadata only recorden
dc.description.abstractEffective communication is essential to the success of collaborative ecosystem management projects. In this paper, we investigated the dynamics of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project's (ICBEMP) cross-disciplinary integration process in the assessment phase. Using a case study research design, we captured the rich trail of experience through conducting in-depth interviews and collecting information from internal and public documents, videos, and meetings related to the ICBEMP. Coding and analysis was facilitated by a qualitative analysis software, NVivo. Results include the range of internal perspectives on barriers and facilitators of cross-disciplinary integration in the Science Integration Team (SIT). These are arrayed in terms of discipline-based differences, organizational structures and activities, individual traits of scientists, and previous working relationships. The ICBEMP organization included a team of communication staffs (CT), and the data described the CT as a mixed group in terms of qualifications and educational backgrounds that played a major role in communication with actors external to the ICBEMP organization but a minor one in terms of internal communication, The data indicated that the CT-SIT communication was influenced by characteristics of actors and structures related to organizations and their cultures. We conclude that the ICBEMP members may not have had a sufficient level of shared understanding of central domains, such as the task at hand and ways and timing of information sharing. The paper concludes by suggesting that future ecosystem management assessment teams use qualified communications specialists to design and monitor the development of shared cognition among organization members in order to improve the effectiveness of communication and cross-disciplinary integration.en
dc.publisherNew York, NY: Springer-Verlag New York, LLCen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectEcosystem managementen
dc.subjectSemiarid zonesen
dc.subjectSurface wateren
dc.subjectAgricultural ecosystemsen
dc.subjectNatural resource managementen
dc.subjectCommunication processen
dc.subjectCross-disciplinary integrationen
dc.subjectEcosystem managementen
dc.subjectInterior columbia basin ecosystem management projecten
dc.subjectShared cognitionen
dc.titleCommunication in ecosystem management: A case study of cross-disciplinary integration in the assessment phase of the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Projecten
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2004 Springer-Verlag New York, LLCen
dc.contributor.departmentSustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (SANREM) Knowledgebaseen

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