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Inter-organisational learning in public safety management system

Katarzyna Ewa Sienkiewicz-Małyjurek (Faculty of Organisation and Management, Silesian University of Technology, Zabrze, Poland)
Barbara Kożuch (Department of Human Resources Management, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland)
Jeremi Szczygłowski (State Fire Service, Katowice, Poland)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 30 August 2018

Issue publication date: 5 March 2019




The purpose of this paper is to recognition and understanding of the inter-organisational learning processes in the public safety management system.


The findings presented in this paper are based on empirical data including: first, desk research in the scope of inter-organisational learning; second, participant observation conducted in the Provincial Headquarters of the State Fire Service in the Silesia Province in the years 2013–2014; third, hermeneutic process within a focus group of scholars conducted in December 2014 within a four-person group of researchers. The carried out studies have shown the usefulness of the three-loop learning model appliance.


The paper analyses the course of inter-organisational learning in dynamic and uncertain operating conditions. As a result, the main methods and effects of inter-organisational learning in the public safety management system are identified.


The paper adds a new value to understanding of inter-organisational learning in the framework of public safety management by driving attention to the importance of inter-organisational learning and its practical use. It also provides a useful research model for investigating inter-organisational learning and effective public safety management.



Sienkiewicz-Małyjurek, K.E., Kożuch, B. and Szczygłowski, J. (2019), "Inter-organisational learning in public safety management system", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 272-284.



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