Professional development for company directors – a strategic leadership opportunity for HR? The case of Air Astana

Paul J. Davis (Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
William Callahan (Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance, Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research, Almaty, Kazakhstan)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Publication date: 6 July 2012

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore potential opportunities for corporate learning and development functions to play a strategic leadership role by meeting the professional development needs of company directors.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted an interview with Mr Dmitriy Larionov, an independent director at Kazakhtelecom and Air Astana.

Findings

The interview revealed that, from the perspective of the interviewee, company directors do have important professional development needs. These needs, however, are not easily satisfied and can go unmet.

Practical implications

Learning and development professionals in listed companies can play a heightened strategic and influencing role in corporate governance by better equipping directors to perform their duties well.

Originality/value

Air Astana is a rapidly expanding company in a highly competitive and universally significant industry. Kazakhstan is a new country without a history of private companies. Kazakhstan is one of the world's fastest developing economies.

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Citation

Davis, P. and Callahan, W. (2012), "Professional development for company directors – a strategic leadership opportunity for HR? The case of Air Astana", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 44 No. 5, pp. 268-272. https://doi.org/10.1108/00197851211245013

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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