Archives for June 22nd, 2000

MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT AS A GAME OF MEANINGLESS OUTCOMES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 22 June, 2000

Clarke MHuman Resource Management Journal, (UK), Vol 9 No 2

Start page: 38. No of pages: 12

Asks why recent research, carried out by Cranfield School of Management, showed that 40 per cent of UK managers believe that money is wasted on management development activities, despite more money than ever being spent on management development by UK organizations. Places management development in the context of the power relations operating within organizations, investigating if management development is an organizational game used to further particular power relations. Looks at the central place given to management development within human resource management theory and practice. Argues that management development plays an important role in legitimizing organizational activities, helping to create the myth of a caring organization, staffed with managers who are concerned with employee autonomy and the quality of working life. Sees this as masking the real issues of power and control within the organization. Considers the potential of management development to break out of this organizational role to create pockets of good, socially responsible management practice.

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MAYOR CAN MAKE LONDON HEALTHIER

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 June, 2000

London’s mayor has no responsibility for health but he has the opportunity to raise health standards. This is the conclusion of a report by the King’s Fund who looked at the way mayors in nine major cities have raised standards by prioritising the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, by building partnerships across sectors and by motivating people.This view is supported by evidence from overseas. In New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards crime included a major campaign against domestic violence, which brought the city’s health services and police force closer together. Giuliani also made tackling discrimination against people with mental illnesses a major issue as part of his campaign to get people off benefits and into work.

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TIME TO CHANGE THE STRUCTURE OF LOCAL EDUCATION

Headlines, PublicNet: 22 June, 2000

The New Local Government Network is urging a re-think of the governance structure of local education. In a discussion document it sets out a radical new role for local government as champions of education consumers. It presents this view as an alternative to being marginalised by the increasing freedoms being given to self-managing learning institutions.The Network argues that schools should be self-managing, within a central framework. They should determine and manage their own destinies, develop wider professional networks and be more accountable for the results they achieve. This would diminish the traditional role of LEAs but at the same time enhance the strategic role of connecting schools to their localities.

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