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Participants′ Frustrations in Fast‐track Development Programmes

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 1 April 1991



To enhance the development of individuals for executive positions, fast‐track management development programmes have been adopted by many organisations. However, such programmes do not always lead to positive consequences for the participant. The purpose of the present research was to investigate the frustrations of participants in an entry‐level fast‐track programme. Results of the study suggest several important lessons for those responsible for fast‐track programmes. First, participants′ major frustrations involved issues regarding ongoing career guidance, future job assignment uncertainty, and the degree of challenge, responsibility, and variety inherent in their job assignments. Second, participants are likely to have high expectations for themselves and their careers which must be considered. Third, company executives and programme supervisors may misjudge the frustrations of participants; therefore, monitoring such frustrations is important.



Feild, H.S. and Harris, S.G. (1991), "Participants′ Frustrations in Fast‐track Development Programmes", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 12 No. 4, pp. 3-8.




Copyright © 1991, MCB UP Limited

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