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

Laura A. Rafferty, Neville A. Stanton, Guy H. Walker

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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. © 2010 Taylor & Francis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1187-1204
    Number of pages18
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2010


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