Abstracts: January 15th, 1999

Currie GThe International Journal of Public Sector Management, (UK), Vol 11 No 1 98. Start page: 7. No of pages: 20

Questions whether the generic approach of competence-based management development is appropriate in the UK’s National Health Service, presenting a study of a management development programme delivered in a medium-sized hospital trust (The Florence Hospital) aimed at assessing the success of management development intervention at bringing about a desired cultural change. Tracks the development of competence-based approaches to management education before outlining the programme design, process of delivery and outcomes of the Florence programme which was followed by 35 participants. Outlines the reasons for the programme’s failure. Contends that competence-based management development programmes are inappropriate to the diversity of activity found in the public sector in general, and suggests that the strategic framework should be flexible enough to accommodate the responses to change of any programme participant.

Subject(s): MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT, NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE, UNITED KINGDOM, COMPETENCES, NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS Database: PTA: Personnel & Training Abstracts RMI: Rapid Management Intelligence. Style: Case study. Reference: 27AE222

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