Archives for November 30th, 2000

NEW TREND TO BUYING IN MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 2000

Following the announcement that Leeds University is to provide a leadership programme for 32,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors, Customs and Excise has announced a management development deal with Manchester Business School. The School will provide a three phase executive development programme for its senior regional managers.The Chairman of Customs & Excise, Richard Broadbent, who was recruited from the private sector earlier in the year, ordered a fundamental overhaul of the Department’s Human Resource systems. The executive development programme is one of the outcomes supporting the creation of an active management culture to enable managers to operate professionally and decisively and to eradicate unnecessary reliance on process. The challenge of the programme is to move management thinking away from relying on detailed regulations which prescribe how tasks should be performed and to create an innovative climate throughout the management chain.

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ELECTRONIC HEALTH LIBRARY LAUNCHED

Headlines, PublicNet: 30 November, 2000

A pilot version of the National electronic Library for Health is now available at http://www.nhs.uk/nelh  The library, which has been designed primarily for doctors and other professionals, will also be open for patients to read information about medicine and health. It is planned to link the service through the NHS Direct Online website so that more patients can gain easy access.The Cochrane Library and Clinical Evidence database are the main components of the Library. Under a licensing agreement they can be accessed by NHS staff, students and service providers in England. An extension of the agreement to all Higher Education and Further Education staff and students is likely in the near future. Patients will have to pay an annual subscription to gain access. Authorised users will also be able to access the library from home in the near future.

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MANAGING DEVELOPMENT IN A ERA OF RADICAL CHANGE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 30 November, 2000

Doyle MJournal of Management Development, (UK), 2000 Vol 19 No 7

Start page: 579. No of pages: 21

Explores the extent to which management development is considered as a strategic tool for developing both managers and their organizations. Examines evidence from a number of studies that are critical of management development thinking and practice. Highlights the problems caused by increasingly complex organizational systems and discontinuous change. Argues that there needs to be a focus on managing development ‘in context’ rather than an emphasis on providing formalized training or education. Notes the prioritization of management development in the UK as it is given an increasingly strategic role. Identifies the negative influences undermining the efficacy of development strategies. Addresses the need to establish positive reinforcing loops to sustain development activity and outlines a new perspective for management development.

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