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Outcomes of management and leadership development

Outcomes of management and leadership development

McGurk, Patrick (2010) Outcomes of management and leadership development. Journal of Management Development, 29 (5). pp. 457-470. ISSN 0262-1711 (doi:

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Purpose – This paper seeks to conceptualise and assess the outcomes of management and leadership development (MLD) at individual, business and organisational levels.

Design/methodology/approach – Using the case study approach, the paper investigates the content and outcomes of three concurrent but different MLD interventions for middle-managers in an “excellent”-rated local authority adult social services department.

Findings – The paper demonstrates: how a traditional management development programme led to more effective compliance with prescribed objectives, yet made little contribution to strategic change; how an individualised leadership programme had individual benefits but negligible impact on the business; and how a collective and emergent approach to leadership development made a significant but unintended contribution to strategic change.

Research limitations/implications – The paper highlights the need for further contextualised research at the organisational level into the outcomes of MLD.

Practical implications – The paper demonstrates the limitations of “off-the-shelf” MLD interventions and the importance of designing and implementing development programmes with sufficient regard to professional and organisational context.

Originality/value – The paper provides an in-depth and contextualised insight into the conditions for success and failure in management development interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: management development, leadership development, public sector reform
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
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