The formation of inter-organizational information sharing networks in public safety: Cartographic insights on rational choice and institutional explanations

Christine B. Williams, Martin Dias, Jane Fedorowicz, Dax Jacobson, Sonia Vilvovsky, Steve Sawyer, Michael Tyworth

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Abstract

In this article we offer visual depictions and analysis of contextual factors relative to the presence of public safety networks (PSNs) in the United States (US). A PSN combines shared technological infrastructures for supporting information sharing, computing interoperability and interagency interactions involving policing, criminal justice, and emergency response. The broad research objective is to explain the formation of PSNs based upon factors derived from rational choice and institutional theories. To do so we develop maps to represent our data analysis. This analysis suggests that our approach is promising for generating insights about PSNs and, by extension, about other types of inter-organizational collaborations focusing on using information and communication technologies to enable information-sharing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-29
Number of pages17
JournalInformation Polity
Volume14
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Public safety
  • e-government
  • information and communication technology
  • information sharing
  • institutional theory
  • inter-organizational collaboration
  • joined-up government
  • rational choice theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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