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Chris Mabey and Tim Finch-Lees provide a fresh analysis of the concept and practice of management and leadership development (MLD). Grounded in research, the authors set out the current state of management and leadership development practices, before introducing readers to competing theories of MLD and offering them a more critical perspective. Throughout the book, ideas are illustrated by international case studies and vignettes that evoke the perceptions and interests of the whole range of stakeholders in the management development process.

Management Development: Paradox, Reflexivity and Discourse
Management development: Paradox, reflexivity and discourse

The university stands for things that are forgotten in the heat of battle, for values that get pushed aside in the rough and tumble of everyday living, for the goals we ought to be thinking about and never do, for the facts we don't like to face, and the questions we lack the courage to ask. (Gardner, 1968: 90)

After reading this chapter you will be able to:

  • Explain a number of reasons why the study of management development is important
  • Describe the related notions of reflexivity and discourse in relation to the study of management development
  • Use these twin notions to critically appraise the reasons for studying management development
  • Explain the virtue of discourses for analysing and understanding ...
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