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An examination of management development programs Foo, Chee Chin

Abstract

This thesis is an attempt to identify and review some of the more salient aspects of management development programs and to ascertain whether or not there is a generally accepted approach to management training. The different levels of management development are examined first. This is followed by a discussion on the requirements of a manager. A study of the pre-requisites for these programs precedes the identification and evaluation of certain development activities and techniques. Following this are some case studies on how several large Vancouver-based companies conduct their programs. A critique of the evaluation of management training and a discussion on the problems encountered in these programs ensue. Finally, an endeavor is made to show that the approaches taken to management development programs are far from being uniform and a case is advocated for a greater effort to devise a more generally accepted framework of management training, flexible enough to accommodate particular needs and situations.

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