Published in 1977, this is a detailed account of the results of controversial methods as they were applied in a major company, when twenty-one managers came together for eight months to grapple with important problems for the purpose of learning some of the skills required for senior management. From their very different points of view, the course organisers, GEC’s own personnel specialists, and the managers involved, describe their experiences and discuss with unusual candour the effects on themselves as individuals and on their organisations. There is no attempt to gloss over the difficulties and the disappointments.
This is a book that will be read with attention and profit not just by personnel and management development specialists but by all managers seeking ways to improve business performance.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Action Learning Programme 1. Action Learning, Professor Reg Revans 2. Programme Outline, David Casey 3. Programme Development, David Pearce Part 2: Participants’ Experiences 4. The Project is Everything, Bill Prince 5. Learning how to Learn, Peter Preston 6. This is the Way to Unlock Resources, Don Howell 7. It Didn’t Work for Me, David Carr 8. Now… To Run a Company, Colin Gaskell 9. Communications is the Key to Getting Commitment, Barry Scott Part 3: Alp International and Dunchurch Industrial Staff College 10. The Challenge was Worth it, Ray Godsall 11. Don’t Call me Teacher, Bob Garratt 12. Alp is Learning Too, Jean Lawrence Part 4: The Impact of Action Learning on GEC 13. We’d do it Again, Clem Jansen and Don Sinclair 14. You Don’t Need to be an Expert, Glyn Trollop 15. It’s Opening Our Minds, Mike Bett 16. Action Learning and the Company, Professor Tony Eccles.