Abstracts: December 9th, 2002

This report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that only 16% of respondents in the public and private sectors believe their organizations are very effective at developing business plans that specify the management capabilities required. Thirty per cent of organizations do not even have business plans. The investigation by the Institute found that current management development practice is disconnected from the business challenges in many organizations. Although more is being spent on management development than a decade ago, the evidence suggests that much of it is going to waste. In terms of learning processes, project and action learning, internal management courses and coaching were seen as more effective. Least effective were external seminars, conferences, distance learning and internet packages, visiting speakers and courses for a management qualification. The report offers a practical framework for strengthening the connection between corporate performance and business organization and management development strategies.Published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. http://www.cipd.co.uk