Management Style in Emergency Organisations

Level: Undergraduate | Grade: 2:1 | Approx. Word Count: 1,223

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When emergency or disaster incidents occur a variety of public and private organisations are likely to attend and become involved in the incident, either directly or as observers. With the former, these can consist of the police, fire and ambulance services, and with the latter representatives of the news media. Structurally, these organisations can be classified as different types and therefore likely to be subjected to different management styles (Mullins 2004). This essay provides a brief overview of how these classifications and styles manifest themselves, using the police, ambulance and newspaper organisations for example purposes.

Organisations are not simple machines and do not operate in a vacuum. Their operations exist and are impacted by the internal and external forces that occur in the real-world environment (McKenna 2000). Structurally organisations consist of numerous people (employees) who are tasked, either individually or collectively, to deliver the aims and objectives of the organisations. It is the extent to which these goals are influenced by internal and external forces that will in turn determine the type or classification that can be attached to the organisation and, ultimately, the management style being operated.