The Comprehensive Trauma Center as an Organization

Basic Concepts from Organizational Theory
  • Mary Beth Williams
  • Lasse A. Nurmi
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


A comprehensive trauma center, first and foremost, is a goal-directed, social entity composed of persons working to provide essential organizational and interpersonal client-oriented work-related functions to survivors of trauma. An organization, as a social collective with some level of coordination and communication, has goals that direct its activities and the activities of its members, as well as an overarching mission recognized by all (Miller, 1995). An organization creates processes to achieve those goals through a structure of patterned relationships and coordinated interactions. All aspects of the organization are influenced by the environment(s) surrounding it and of which it is a part.


Team Member Staff Member Traumatic Event Trauma Center Mission Statement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Beth Williams
    • 1
  • Lasse A. Nurmi
    • 2
  1. 1.Trauma Recovery Education and Conseling CenterWarrentonUSA
  2. 2.Police College of FinlandEspooFinland

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