Does management development improve organizational performance? A six-country analysis of European firms

Mabey, Christopher and Ramirez, Matias (2005) Does management development improve organizational performance? A six-country analysis of European firms. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 16 (7). pp. 1067-1082. ISSN 09585192

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Abstract

Management development (MD) is widely regarded as a key element in a strategic approach to human resource management, yet there is still little empirical evidence that it actually contributes significantly to superior firm performance. In a study of 179 European firms across six countries, organization size explained some variance in productivity. However, the degree of variance explained is considerably enhanced when variables are introduced which capture the way MD is conceived and implemented. Specifically, line manager perceptions of the importance given to MD distinguish high-from low-performing companies when measured against an objective measure of firm productivity derived from a financial database.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Matias Ramirez
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:19
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 08:39
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/15808
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