More Than Management Development : Action Learning at General Electric Company book cover
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More Than Management Development
Action Learning at General Electric Company

ISBN 9781138321380
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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