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Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment

Department of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
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Academic Editors: Amal K. Mitra, Dawn Bishop McLin, Abdullah Baqui and Sarah Buxbaum
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(5), 2258; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052258
Received: 23 December 2020 / Revised: 20 February 2021 / Accepted: 21 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
Research on crisis management focuses on pre-planning for disasters in order to understand potential barriers. However, one significant barrier to crisis response is that organizations may come together in unplanned configurations during crisis response. This means that significant opportunities exist for understanding the process by which individuals learn, collaborate, and create new systems during crises. In this case report, we present the case of face shield production by a university, academic medical center, and community partners during the supply chain collapse of the early COVID-19 pandemic with the aim of identifying the relationships that formed during the COVID-19 response, so that this case of relationship formation and participant experiences might inform similar disaster response challenges in the future. Thirteen participants responded to an in-depth questionnaire designed to simulate an asynchronous in-depth interview. Respondents reported on the activities of 80 individuals from 38 units/organizations, providing insight into communication challenges and resolutions. Responses were analyzed using thematic analysis, highlighting roles and relationships among participants. The findings grant insight into the experience of learning from crisis response efforts, responding to recent calls for social scientific work on COVID-19 responses. View Full-Text
Keywords: organizational learning; disaster response; COVID-19 organizational learning; disaster response; COVID-19
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Vinson, A.H.; Fishstrom, A.B.; Rooney, D.M. Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052258

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Vinson AH, Fishstrom AB, Rooney DM. Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(5):2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052258

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Vinson, Alexandra H., Astrid B. Fishstrom, and Deborah M. Rooney 2021. "Learning and Collaboration during Crisis: A Novel University-Community Partnership to Manufacture Medical Personal Protective Equipment" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 5: 2258. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18052258

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