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Training programs and performance measurement: Evidence from healthcare organisations

Antonella Cifalino (Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)
Stefano Baraldi (Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy)

Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting

ISSN: 1401-338X

Article publication date: 30 October 2009

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present an exploratory study of the evaluation of training programs, based on a theoretical framework reviewing both the training literature and the strategic performance measurement (SPM) literature. The purpose of the paper is to analyse whether the operational approach (suggested by the training literature) and the strategic approach (suggested by the SPM literature) are actionable and feasible to measure the performance of training programs, and which relationships occur between these approaches.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology supporting the paper is largely oriented to action research. The research project took about 12 months, working with five Italian healthcare organisations in order to develop an actionable system for measuring the performance of selected training programs.

Findings

The results suggest that the operational and the strategic approaches are actionable and feasible to measure the performance of selected training programs; that these approaches are complementary, and not alternative; and that their contextual use is mutually beneficial, because it allows alignment of the evaluation of training programs towards organisational priorities.

Research limitations/implications

The limitations of the paper concern its explorative nature. The paper does not expand its focus from the training programs to the training function, and from the training literature to the strategic human resource literature. Research on these topics may contribute to further analysing the links between training evaluation and SPM systems.

Practical implications

The paper shows the feasibility of a systematic evaluation of selected training programs at an organisational level of analysis, aiming at increasing organisational effectiveness.

Originality/value

The paper suggests the relevance of evaluating training programs according to an SPM framework based on the Balanced Scorecard.

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Citation

Cifalino, A. and Baraldi, S. (2009), "Training programs and performance measurement: Evidence from healthcare organisations", Journal of Human Resource Costing & Accounting, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 294-315. https://doi.org/10.1108/14013381011010141

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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