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Listen! On audiobased sensemaking in emergency call taking practice
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
2014 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
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Emergency call taking is a high-stake situation where errorless decisions must be made under ambiguous, emotionally volatile and time-critical conditions. The primary mean for communication, the telephone, restricts call takers to a single modality—their hearing—making information gathering difficult.  Through an in- situ study, using interviews, observations and archival records, we develop understanding of call takers every day decision practices. Emergency call takers emphasize the role of sociomaterial cues, such as background sounds of the context and emotional cues, referring to the state of the caller, when making sense of emergency calls. More specifically, they engage in matching and mismatching of non-verbal cues, facets that constitute building blocks for decoupled and coupled sensemaking processes. Theoretical and practical implications of such single modal sensemaking are further discussed.

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Business Administration Applied Psychology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-11746OAI: diva2:912585
30th EGOS Colloquium, Rotterdam, July 2014, Sub-theme 17: Unexpected Events: Sensemaking, Monitoring, Coping
Available from: 2016-03-16 Created: 2016-03-16 Last updated: 2016-03-18Bibliographically approved

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