Cost benefit analysis of establishing a network-based training system in the Turkish Coast Guard
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Both education and training are undeniably necessary for organizations to develop their workforces and to achieve success in the fast-changing world. The results of this research showed that the implementation of a supplemental network-based training system in the Turkish Coast Guard is technically and economically feasible. The research presented a cost-benefit analysis evaluating the value of the proposed system. The analysis provides a methodology to estimate the costs, benefits and costs savings if the organization takes advantage of online training technologies. Potential cost savings, improved operational readiness, reduced training time, increased flexibility, and eliminated time and place dependency are some of the major benefits for the military organizations. The importance of lifelong learning is also increasing. Emerging technologies present new ways of incorporating e-learning into worksites. This research report examines the feasibility and value of developing and implementing network-based training technologies in addition to the traditional face-to-face training system in the Turkish Coast Guard. The application of a proposed system may not entail significant amounts of capital investment, since the organization already has the infrastructure needed, but it is obvious that using both systems together will give the organization the advantage of flexibility. There is a significant amount of literature about the effectiveness, efficiency, speed, and economics of network-based training. However, each organization is different and has its own attributes and abilities. As a consequence, these issues should be examined within each organization's own dynamics.
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