The famous five factors in teamwork: a case study of fratricide

Rafferty, Laura A., Stanton, Neville A. and Walker, Guy H. (2010) The famous five factors in teamwork: a case study of fratricide. Ergonomics, 53, (10), 1187-1204. (doi:10.1080/00140139.2010.513450). (PMID:20865603).


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The purpose of this paper is to propose foundations for a theory of errors in teamwork based upon analysis of a case study of fratricide alongside a review of the existing literature. This approach may help to promote a better understanding of interactions within complex systems and help in the formulation of hypotheses and predictions concerning errors in teamwork, particularly incidents of fratricide. It is proposed that a fusion of concepts drawn from error models, with common causal categories taken from teamwork models, could allow for an in-depth exploration of incidents of fratricide. It is argued that such a model has the potential to explore the core causal categories identified as present in an incident of fratricide. This view marks fratricide as a process of errors occurring throughout the military system as a whole, particularly due to problems in teamwork within this complex system. Implications of this viewpoint for the development of a new theory of fratricide are offered.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/00140139.2010.513450
ISSNs: 0014-0139 (print)
1366-5847 (electronic)
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Keywords: decision making, error, fratricide, teamwork
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 186467
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Date Deposited: 13 May 2011 12:23
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:38

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