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Effectiveness of humanitarian logistics training: The Finnish Red Cross (FRC) Emergency Response Unit (ERU)

Karl-Kristian Stuns (Finnish Red Cross, Helsinki, Finland)
Graham Heaslip (School of Business, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway, Ireland) (HUMLOG Institute, Hanken Svenska Handelshogskolan, Helsinki, Finland)

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

Article publication date: 16 August 2019

Issue publication date: 18 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of humanitarian logistics training for the Finnish Red Cross (FRC) Emergency Response Unit (ERU) delegates, and the factors that influence its success. The managerial purpose of this research is to support the FRC in improving their Logistics ERU Foundation training. Additionally, this research provides humanitarian organisations, engaged in emergency response efforts, insights for logistics training design.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a case study examining the FRC, with qualitative data being collected in a field study, utilising participant observation and in-context interview techniques for rich data collection.

Findings

This research evaluated the effectiveness of the Logistics ERU Foundation training of the FRC by adapting the four-level training evaluation model by Kirkpatrick and transfer of training theories. The research has contributed to Gralla et al.’s (2015) call for further research in evaluating what people learn from humanitarian logistics trainings and in documenting and sharing experiences with specific training programs.

Practical implications

The conceptual framework serves as a basis for exploratory qualitative investigation of training transfer, from the perspectives of trainees, facilitators and human resource personnel.

Originality/value

This research contributes to the humanitarian community by identifying gaps in Red Cross Logistics ERU training and to the development of curricula content relating to Red Cross logistics response phase operations. Additionally, this gives other humanitarian organisations, operating in the response phase of natural disasters, insights for logistics training design.

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Citation

Stuns, K.-K. and Heaslip, G. (2019), "Effectiveness of humanitarian logistics training: The Finnish Red Cross (FRC) Emergency Response Unit (ERU)", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 196-220. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-12-2018-0080

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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