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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.

Meanings of Management Development
Meanings of management development

We educate children. We train monkeys, dentists and doctors. But we develop managers and there are important differences between these three verbs. (Paauwe and Williams, 2001: 91)

After reading this chapter you will be able to:

  • Problematize the distinction between managers and leaders
  • Define what is meant by management development and how it relates to the fields of management training, education and management learning
  • Identify some contrasting historical/cultural conceptions of managers and leaders and the implications of these for management development
  • Explain why the development of leaders and managers is so important
  • Describe a number of guiding principles that are needed to deepen our understanding of management development
Introduction

In the first chapter we established that due to the fascinating confluence of several historical debates and ...

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