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Management and Leadership Development

Management and Leadership Development

December 2007 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"This is the first really thought-provoking book that I have read on management development. It is a book primarily addressed to students, but in this field, we are all students. It merits a wide readership both among practising managers as well as among those responsible for developing them."
- Max Boisot, ESADE

"Mabey and Finch-Lees inject a breath of fresh air into the management development field by expanding upon its heretofore functionalist base. They offer an informative critique of mainstream views, featuring alternative discourses to examine such hard questions as why management development hasn't quite delivered on management's considerable investment in it. As a veritable tour de force in its absorbing integration and review of a large tract of literature, the book informs both management scholars and practitioners what might be expected from management development's intended but also unanticipated outcomes."
- Joe Raelin, Northeastern University

"In a well-written, accessible and yet sophisticated text, Mabey and Finch-Lees show themselves to be as familiar with the latest in management development practice as they are with the sometimes arcane theoretical literature that surrounds it. Its great strength is to recognize the plurality of discourses - some overlapping and complementary, others distinct and oppositional - about the subject. This book can be recommended as a unique resource for students and scholars of management development."
- Chris Grey, University of Warwick

"This book represents a significant step forward in the theory of management and leadership development. It offers an international perspective in this era of globalization and a new and questioning perspective on the common belief that leadership is something completely different to, and more important than, management. This book will be of great help to the serous theorist and researcher of management and leadership development. It is an invaluable point of reference for a broad range of theory and research in this area, which it summarizes with admirable brevity and clarity."
- John G. Burgoyne, Lancaster University Management School and Henley Management College

Management development is a potent and high-profile human resource activity, involving some of the organizations' key players and attracting huge hopes and investments from governments, organizations and individuals alike. Yet at several levels, the high expectations often remain unfulfilled. So why is this a subject and activity that continues to command such intense interest from scholars and practitioners alike?

Chris Mabey and Tim Finch-Lees provide a fresh analysis of the concept and practice of management and leadership development (MLD).

Grounded in research, the authors set out the current state of management and leadership development practices, before introducing readers to competing theories of MLD and offering them a more critical perspective. Throughout the book, ideas are illustrated by international case studies and vignettes that evoke the perceptions and interests of the whole range of stakeholders in the management development process.

Management and Leadership Development has been written for upper level undergraduate and masters level students pursuing courses in HRM, HRD, Leadership Development, Organizational Behavior, Management, Organization Change, Personnel Management, and training and development modules.

Management Development
Paradox, Reflexivity and Discourse

Meanings of Management Development
Management Development
Measurement and Performance

Management Development
Narratives, Ritual and Symbolism

Management Development
Identity and Discipline

Management Development
Power and Control

Management Development and Best-Practice
Management Development and Institutionalism
Management Development and Diversity
Making Sense of Management Development


This book is in constant use by the tutors and learners alike for research and teaching resource. Essential book to have in library of resources.

Mrs Patricia Ann Allison
NVQ Office, Wiltshire and Somerset Colleges Partnership Ltd
November 4, 2016

This is an excellent text, that highlights the importance of effective leadership in the early years sector. The text explores in detail the characteristic of effective leadership and makes clear links to current research. Each chapter is supported with a range of very useful ideas for further reading.

Miss Jackie Sumner
Childhood & Youth Studies, Edge Hill University
September 26, 2016

interesting book useful for supporting an understanding in the topic

Mrs Laura Castles
Management, Torfaen Training
March 11, 2014

This is a beautifully written text on leadership and management, perfect for students in the field as it maintains an academic approach rarely found in this arena - and would provide an ideal support to students writing about the subject at degree level and beyond.

Mr Steven Burton
School of Education, University Centre Barnsley
January 30, 2014

The theory aspect of this book lends itself to any Leadership and Management qualification. A useful aid to the daily skills needed for any Management role.

Mrs Cheryl Jackson
Adult Skills, North Lindsey College
October 20, 2013

Excellent overview.

Mr Richard Cotter
Management , National University of Ireland, Maynooth
September 27, 2012

A very useful text that I will be recommending to my students. It provides challenging perspectives to consider.

Mrs Julie Carver
Education , EM Direct
July 4, 2012

a great text for those students are intrested in studying leadership and managment

Mr Michael Hall
Management , City College Norwich
May 23, 2012

a very usueful resource which assists students with critical discussion of their management practice.

Mr Andreas Ioannides
Management , Kingston University
December 16, 2011

Good introductory overview for students

Ms Emma Stevens
Centre for Lifelong learning, Hull University
October 7, 2011

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