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ERIC Number: ED124807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Pages: 6
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Reference Count: 0
Applying Some Insights of Developmental Psychology to Management Development.
Sperry, Len
The insights of developmental psychology have rarely been applied to the business setting. This paper sketches one large-scale attempt to do just that in the development of managers in a large, multicompanied, international service corporation. This paper recounts the initial efforts to plan, implement, and evaluate a three-year longitudinal program of personal and organizational development and to present data and tentative conclusions about the effectiveness of the program two years after its inception. The main feature of this program is the concept of developmental need. After careful assessment, a list of developmental needs is prepared for each manager involved in the program. The goal is to have these need statements serve as a prescription for an individualized management development program. The management program consists of four states of developmental programming. The criterion for change or development is the degree to which managers close their development gap as deisgnated by their developmental needs. Partially tabulated results after two years suggest that the program is effecting positive change. Whereas this is a report of the first phase of the longitudinal project, additional materials concerning the project will not be available for at least three years. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 2, 1975)