Employers must rethink managers’ development

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Employers must rethink managers’ developmentOn 4 Feb 2003 in Personnel Today Management training in the UK needs a radical shake-up, according to areport from The Work Foundation. The report, Can the UK learn to manage?, says the importance of UK businessschools and their main product – the MBA – are over-emphasised, and employersneed to look at other ways of improving the performance of managers instead. The foundation said the key to improving skills and performance lies in abroader and deeper approach to development, where managers learn the skills ofmanagement in the context of delivering products and services, with on-the-joblearning being as important as other forms. The report said undergraduate learning, on-the-job training and nationalvocational qualifications are just as important as MBAs and business schools,and this must be recognised if the UK is to crack its public and private sectorperformance problems. The study also reveals that the UK’s 4 million managers receive lesstraining than their counterparts in the US, Japan, Germany and France. Theyhave also spent less time in education. It claims that the overall lack of management skills will hinder theeffectiveness of public sector reform and attempts to improve private sectorproductivity. Andy Westwood, co-author of the report and head of public policy research atThe Work Foundation, says: “We have more managers than pretty much anycomparative country – some 4 million of them. But more does not mean better; infact for the UK it means more underqualified, more underprepared managers forwhatever the job in hand happens to be. “We need to completely rethink how we prepare our managers and alsoperhaps how we all too often reach for management as the solution to all of ourworkplace problems.” By Quentin Reade www.workfoundation.co.ukModern management courses should tackle the following issues: – Technical knowledge and awareness – Ethical awareness and appreciation of the role of business in society – Strategic awareness and appreciation of the role of business in society – Diversity, gender and cultural awareness – Critical awareness and political studies – Management of people – Entrepreneurship and innovation Source: The Work Foundation Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more