TITLE

LESSONS FROM KATRINA: A FOCUS ON HUMAN RESOURCES

AUTHOR(S)
Phillips, Carl R.; Phillips, Antoinette S.
PUB. DATE
January 2008
SOURCE
Academy of Strategic Management Journal;Jan2008 Supplement, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Many professors strive to find practical ways for students to apply what they are learning in the classroom. Such application can make acquired knowledge seem more "real," reinforce the principles being taught, and increase student interest and involvement in the learning process. Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact on the Gulf Coast had wide-ranging consequences. Its aftermath affected aspects of citizens' existence in both predictable and surprising ways. Even communities only tangentially influenced by the actual storm experienced challenges to and changes in their daily routines that will not soon be forgotten. Area businesses were faced with a host of challenges, many of which were human-resource related. An event of this magnitude quite naturally found its way into many classroom lessons and discussions. This manuscript focuses on the post-Katrina impact on area businesses' human resource (HR) practices. Further, it presents examples of classroom exercises developed to take advantage of the learning opportunity presented by this natural disaster. Six HR issues will be discussed: recruitment, training, compensation, organizational culture, employee motivation, and turnover.
ACCESSION #
35637280

 

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