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Learning the Lessons: The Role of Human Resources in the Christchurch Emergency


Beverley McNally


Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University

October 30, 2012

New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 124-135, 2012

Abstract:     
This paper reports on the findings of an exploratory study which examined the challenges confronting human resource practitioners during the state of emergencies declared in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2010/2011. Specifically it explores the HR issues confronting local authority and governmental emergency management involved in the deployment of staff to the region. Both primary and secondary data were analyzed using thematic analysis. The findings indicate that there is an urgent need for the human resource management discipline to develop a sub-discipline specializing in emergency management. It is recommended that human resource management adopt a dual perspective to the development of strategies, specifically those designed to support deployed staff during a civil emergency. The paper has implications for both human resource and emergency management practitioners. Specifically, in ensuring that the lessons learned from the response to the Christchurch earthquake are used to inform future HR policies and practices by ensuring they fit within the appropriate emergency management framework.

Keywords: human resource planning, emergency management, deployment of staff, occupational health and safety

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Date posted: October 31, 2012  

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McNally, Beverley, Learning the Lessons: The Role of Human Resources in the Christchurch Emergency (October 30, 2012). New Zealand Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 124-135, 2012 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2168589

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Beverley McNally (Contact Author)
Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University ( email )
P.O. Box 1664
Al Khobar, 31952
Saudi Arabia
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