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Collaborative Management Development: Sharing a Wealth of Ideas and Experience

Charles McConnell (Genesee Hospital, Rochester, New York, USA)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 1 April 1991

Abstract

A collaborative approach to the development of lower‐level management skills was devised and put into practice at a teaching hospital. Beginning as an open forum in which attendees questioned an instructor, it progressively evolved into a controlled “free‐for‐all” in which each attendee with something to contribute was able to “teach” the others. Dealing with one real‐life problem at a time, the collaborative management development group entered into a process that eventually provided practical, usable advice for the participant who posed the problem, and tested solutions that all attendees could carry away on paper. A useful by‐product of this activity, when extended over months and years and involving hundreds of supervisors′ questions and problems, was a meaningful distribution of the sources or causes of supervisors′ problems (employees, peers, superiors, etc.). The collaborative management development approach has enabled a group of working health care supervisors to tap into the best that each of them can bring to bear on any given problem.

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Citation

McConnell, C. (1991), "Collaborative Management Development: Sharing a Wealth of Ideas and Experience", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 11-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000001376

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MCB UP Ltd

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