UK management development lags behind Europe

July 2004
Management Services;Jul2004, Vol. 48 Issue 7, p9
Academic Journal
The Chartered Management Institute, University of London and the Department of Trade and Industry have launched a two-year study looking at management development across Europe. The study demonstrated that of the seven countries examined, only Romania spends less per capita on development than Great Britain and many organizations are also failing to link management development to organizational performance. The research reveals that Great Britain is falling behind in developing its managers. The study, which took two years to complete, shows that British organizations spend less than their European counterparts on training and development, and are also the least likely to offer sufficient career planning to employees. Indicating that employee development is still not always given the attention it deserves, only 47 percent of organizations claimed to have a human resource (HR) representative in the boardroom, compared to two-thirds in France and three-quarters in Norway. When questioned about policies, almost half of the HR managers in the study claimed their organizations had a formal policy statement on management development. However, the proportion increased to two-thirds for Norway and Great Britain was below average, only 43 percent.


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