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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: 2010
Keywords: decision making, error, fratricide, teamwork


Local EPrints ID: 186467
ISSN: 1366-5847
PURE UUID: 0ff1280a-c0f1-4d44-9614-f057d0123bf5

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Date deposited: 13 May 2011 12:23
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:47

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Author: Laura A. Rafferty
Author: Guy H. Walker

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