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Paradoxes of management development ‐ trends and tensions

Colin Talbot (Professor of Public Policy and Management, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, UK)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 June 1997



Seeks to develop a model of different, contradictory, and even paradoxical, trends and approaches to management development (MD). Reviews current generic approaches to MD and offers a framework for the analysis of these approaches, based on Kolb’s work on experiential learning. Develops a four‐old analytical model which embraces both the practice and theory of MD in the UK and elsewhere. Makes brief mention of attempts to develop programmes for strategic managers, as opposed to more generic, usually operational manager‐oriented, programmes. Examines the relative paucity of advice on the development of strategic managers and whether there are qualitative differences between developing strategic and other managers.



Talbot, C. (1997), "Paradoxes of management development ‐ trends and tensions", Career Development International, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 119-146.




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