This manuscript makes a very solid, original contribution to the field in its use of culture as a focus, and linking it to the crisis management literature. There just are so few works out there that attempt to do this - whether it be in the crisis field or in the general political science literature. This book proposal is exciting because it systematically examines the application of Grid Group Cultural Theory (GGCT) to a large data set of cross-national crisis cases at Syracuse and exploring the application of the culture variable to important elements of the crisis management literature (i.e., risk reduction, decision making/decision making units, information management, and learning). As a leadership scholar interested in decision making dynamics, this application of culture to these variables is really exciting and interesting to me! It is just a very well thought out book proposal that will do the best job so far of really applying culture in a useful way to crisis policy and policy making. I plan on incorporating this into my graduate seminars on the psychology of leadership and decision making once it is published - it is just a really path-breaking contribution to the literature!
Since I gave a detailed evaluation of the overall project before, and was strongly in favor of publication at that time, I will just say that I still agree with my original assessment and would urge publication of this manuscript. My main suggestion for revisions were for the author to lay out some specific, suggested prescriptions/advice for real-life policy practitioners in the final book. I suggested she directly apply some of the insights from this approach, and the impact of culture, on the crises they are dealing with and how this could really be critical. And I was very pleased to see the author did, in fact, incorporate these suggestions in the final product. I appreciated the discussion of how the understanding of culture provided by her framework would assist in effective crisis management strategies, including such things as being sensitive to using the right SOPs (not just ones set up without these cultural variables in mind) as being critical for policy makers. I was just very impressed by the final manuscript! It is a real contribution to the literature, takes a refreshing, new approach to this subject, and provides a framework that has real-world value to policy makers and practitioners dealing with crisis management. To me, this is a total no-brainer decision to publish this book! It is well-written and I can think of no comparable work - it just really stands out in its unique contribution. I very much look forward to seeing the final product in print.