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The role of the individual : a key to learning in preparedness organisations

Nilsson, Jerry LU and Eriksson, Kerstin LU (2008) In Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management 16(2). p.135-142
Abstract
A well functioning societal response to crises is benefited by individuals having adequate skills and knowledge. From a municipal perspective this requires the creation of a learning organization. The objective of this study is to determine whether individual municipal employees, who have the responsibility for preparedness planning, reason and act in ways that promote learning about crises and preparedness issues throughout the municipal organization. Analysis of interviews with preparedness planners in six Swedish municipalities on their strategies for preparedness planning, reveal that preparedness planning too often becomes a demarcated activity, restricted to not more than a handful of individuals. This study indicates that one reason... (More)
A well functioning societal response to crises is benefited by individuals having adequate skills and knowledge. From a municipal perspective this requires the creation of a learning organization. The objective of this study is to determine whether individual municipal employees, who have the responsibility for preparedness planning, reason and act in ways that promote learning about crises and preparedness issues throughout the municipal organization. Analysis of interviews with preparedness planners in six Swedish municipalities on their strategies for preparedness planning, reveal that preparedness planning too often becomes a demarcated activity, restricted to not more than a handful of individuals. This study indicates that one reason for why the preparedness work becomes demarcated is that individuals central to the preparedness planning are not taking on roles for acting in ways that are required in order for a learning organization to be established. (Less)
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Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
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135 - 142
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1468-5973
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10.1111/j.1468-5973.2008.00542.x
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {135--142},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management},
  title        = {The role of the individual : a key to learning in preparedness organisations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5973.2008.00542.x},
  volume       = {16},
  year         = {2008},
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