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Publication date: 1 April 1994

Anoop Patel and Gerry Randell

Total quality management has become an important issue in many publicand private sector organizations. This may provide hope that trainingmay be taken seriously in…

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Total quality management has become an important issue in many public and private sector organizations. This may provide hope that training may be taken seriously in Britain, Many organizations’ competitiveness is seriously damaged by the lack of training, even though many experts advocate comprehensive training to be the foundation on which essential improvement programmes should be built. A survey of small/medium‐sized manufacturing firms in the North of England showed that attitude to training has been short‐sighted and only a small percentage of firms have adopted a total quality management strategy within their organizations. Fully explores the survey results.

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Training for Quality, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0968-4875

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Publication date: 1 February 1998

Gerry Randell

Organisations can become sick, just as people do. A great deal about the nature, diagnosis and treatment of organisational maladies can be learned from a study of how…

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Organisations can become sick, just as people do. A great deal about the nature, diagnosis and treatment of organisational maladies can be learned from a study of how individuals can become mentally ill. The diagnosis and treatment of mental illness is much more advanced than the study of organisational ills. Like people, organisations can be structurally sick or behaviourally sick. The various “symptoms” can be studied, hopefully, within a diagnostic framework that would enable an accurate diagnosis to be made and treatments prescribed to bring about a healthy, productive and successful organisation. The implications of these ideas are that HRM directors in the next millennium should take the lead in organisational diagnosis and be the guardians of the organisation’s medicine chest!

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Management Decision, vol. 36 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 July 1992

Jim Stewart and Bob Hamlin

Provides a contribution to the debate in the UK on theappropriateness of competence‐based qualifications. Identifies a numberof weaknesses in the competence philosophy as…

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Provides a contribution to the debate in the UK on the appropriateness of competence‐based qualifications. Identifies a number of weaknesses in the competence philosophy as currently defined, and a number of operational problems in implementing a national scheme of competence‐based vocational qualifications. Argues that the change to competence qualifications is unlikely to bring benefits commensurate with the required investment, and that the approach will be unworkable for higher level professional and managerial jobs. The first in a series of three, which is intended to stimulate critical debate within the education and training professions. The series will end with recommendations on a way forward within the established NCVQ framework.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 16 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Publication date: 1 March 1983

Beverly M. Alban‐Metcalfe

At a recent conference sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership, the following remark was overheard, “I was away from leadership for 15 years, and when I returned…

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At a recent conference sponsored by the Center for Creative Leadership, the following remark was overheard, “I was away from leadership for 15 years, and when I returned, I felt that I have been gone for 15 minutes.”

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Personnel Review, vol. 12 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0048-3486

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