Power and Cognitive Accuracy in Local Emergency Management Networks


Sang Ok Choi is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and Public Policy at California State University, Dominguez Hills. His research interests are the study of interorganizational and network relationships, including network structure, governance, and effectiveness. His current research focuses on networks in emergency management and workforce development services.
E-mail: schoi@csudh.edu

Bok-Tae Kim is a doctoral candidate in the Reuben O‘D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at the Florida State University. His research focuses on community-based organizations and public and nonprofit networks in community mental health and emergency management services. He has participated in many research projects, including strategic management and leadership and collaborations of community-based organizations.
E-mail: btk03c@garnet.acns.fsu.edu


Using network power bases and cognitive accuracy concepts, this study examines two local emergency management network changes. The authors review five power bases—structural-based, resource-based, actor-based, cognitive-based, and political-based power—to explore the perceived power of network actors. Three research propositions are proposed with respect to the relationship between the network power bases and the cognitive accuracy of network participants. The authors find that political-based power is strongly correlated with perceived power. The article concludes with future research questions and directions for advancing current scholarship on emergency management networks.