Exploring the professionalization of the emergency management field: A qualitative analysis

by Carlson, Jennifer, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2015, 104 pages; 3735146


This dissertation examines the exploration of the professionalization of the emergency management field through a strategic management framework lens and associated components deemed necessary by theorists, taking into account the importance and relevance of the sociological theory of professions and systems theory on the topic. Exploring a strategic management framework comprised of components critical to the professionalization process has not been studied before and has been clearly identified by scholars as an area for future recommended research. The emergency management field is trying to professionalize, as other professions have in the past, and theorists have been examining the field’s professionalization efforts as a result. What is not yet known is how to close the gap of professionalization through the use of a strategic management framework, what components are necessary to include in such a framework, and what direction to take a strategic plan framework in. Findings address these topical areas to help build a foundation for future research.

AdviserMisti Kill
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Public administration; Operations research
Publication Number3735146

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