Closing the Gaps in Public Private Partnerships in Emergency Management: A Gap Analysis

Closing the Gaps in Public Private Partnerships in Emergency Management: A Gap Analysis

Marvine Hamner (LeaTech, LLC, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8159-0.ch005

Abstract

There are many differences between entities in the public and private sectors engaged in emergency management: vision, mission, goals, and objectives are only a few. To develop workable public private partnerships requires an understanding of these differences. This understanding will then provide a foundation for establishing unambiguous agreements within which each sector's roles and responsibilities are clear, and within which all entities can be successful. This chapter explores the differences between public and private sector entities, which can create gaps in understanding and communication, comparing and contrasting these differences; then, it evaluates ways the resulting gaps between entities and within public private partnerships can be closed. Comparison of the respective backgrounds and perspectives provides the material necessary to complete a gap analysis. Anecdotal information is provided that illustrates how the differences between public and private sector entities support, hinder, or manifest in public private partnerships.
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Background

The concept of partnership is based on partners, two or more people or entities who (which) participate in an undertaking with shared risks and profits or rewards. There can be a variety of reasons for initiating a public private partnership in emergency management; however, overriding any reason is the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of individual parts and thus engaging all relevant stakeholders will result in a better, more vigorous solution or resource. The following background information is intended to establish the context for presenting the public sector and private sector views about their respective missions, roles and responsibilities.

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