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The assessment of formal management development : a method, a baseline and the need to incorporate learning styles

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by John Rodwell
Purpose – To assess the impact of a course on the development of management competencies for students over the duration of the course, by examining changes in the competencies of the students. The potential impact of student learning styles was also examined in the study.

Design/methodology/approach – A “Pre, Post, Then” design and a combination of paired sample t-tests, and alpha and beta change statistics were used to examine the change in competencies over time.

Findings – This study found that even a standard subject design had a significant and substantial impact on the management competence development of the students.

Practical implications –
From the perspective of students-as-products, the base line provided here allows for the testing of alternative designs of educational systems, whereby alternative designs have to prove a benefit above and beyond that of a basic teaching system. Therefore, the present study should assist the field of management development to create a range of design options.

Originality/value –
This study applies a powerful and under-utilised research method to provide a base line of the amount of management development that can occur in a typical formal management course, but is unique in that it includes the impact of the students’ learning styles.

History

Journal

Journal of management development

Volume

24

Issue

3

Pagination

239 - 252

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing

Location

Bingley, England

ISSN

0262-1711

eISSN

1758-7492

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2005, Emerald Group Publishing

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