04/09/2002

CIPD report shows crisis in UK management development

A recent survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed that only 16% of respondents believe their organisation has an effective management development strategy.

The extensive investigation of over 400 UK organisations shows that current practices of management development are disconnected from the business challenges in many organisations – and that 30% of organisations do not even have business plans.

Key findings from the research suggest that the majority of organisations do not adopt a very business-like approach to evaluating the performance of management development, and that simply doing more management development, or focusing on management qualifications is not the answer to the UK management problem.

Organisations tend to develop their managers either to deliver current performance or to develop new strategies, but the CIPD emphasises that organisation need to do both, in order to sustain competitiveness.

Karen Giles, CIPD Adviser on Organisation and Development said: "Surveys show that employers are spending more on management development than they did a decade ago. But evidence suggests stakeholders are questioning the value of their investment in management - and that potentially much of it is going to waste."

The CIPD has over 116,000 members and is the leading professional institute for those involved in the management and development of people.

(CL)

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