MCI Management Competences and APL: The Way Forward for Management Education, Training and Development?

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Publication date: 1 September 1991


A review of the approach adopted by the Management Charter Initiative (MCI) towards the use of management competences, drawing on contemporary research and journal articles, is made. In addition, use is made of insights and experience gained through involvement in the MCI Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) pilot project conducted at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education. Three major assumptions associated with the MCI competence approach are evaluated and a specific facet of the Cheltenham and Gloucester College APL experience, that of high delegate wastage, is examined. An expectancy model of motivation is used along with an action feedback model to illustrate and explain some of the potential reasons for a high drop‐out rate. The model affords an opportunity to provide a rationale to underpin needed action on the part of the major actors within the APL management competence approach. In conclusion, a number of summary propositions predicated by the review are given.



Baker, B.R. (1991), "MCI Management Competences and APL: The Way Forward for Management Education, Training and Development?", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 15 No. 9.

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