Tailored courses - a road to learning for shipping companies
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This study focuses on individual and organizational learning, and attempts to measure the individual and the organizational learning of a tailor-made Bridge and Engine Resource Management course in a short and long-term horizon. The tailor-made course is fitted to a specific shipping company. The research questions in the study are: Does tailored Bridge and Engine Resource Management Courses contribute to individual and organizational learning within the participating shipping company? If individual and/or organizationnal learning could be identified, what has been learned? By study the research questions, it is found that individual and organizational learning occurs during and after the course. What has been learned at the individual level is that the participants will keep the training in good memory, they will in a higher degree than before utilize their crew and their knowledge, and encourage them to speak up regardless of their position on board, in addition to delegating more. Regarding the organizational learning, the key findings is the study is, increased use of crewmembers within the company, improved workflow and organizational climate, in addition to new procedures, such as in-line fuelling and manoeuvre and voyage planning This is all organizational learning that occurred as a consequence of the course. This study has theoretical and practical implications as well as future research suggestions for further development of the study. The theoretical implications support the existing literature by measuring and identifying the individual and the organizational learning in the course.