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ERIC Number: EJ801744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0309-0590
Developing Leadership Skills: Online versus Face-to-Face
Silbergh, David; Lennon, Kate
Journal of European Industrial Training, v30 n7 p498-511 2006
Purpose: This paper seeks to present final results from an exploratory research project that aimed to compare and contrast the effectiveness of different delivery modes (especially online as opposed to face-to-face) when developing leadership skills in established managers. Design/methodology/approach: This study sought to identify whether perceptions of the effectiveness of different delivery modes are statistically related to a variety of independent variables. Data were gathered from three iterations of a quantitative research instrument that was distributed to established managers enrolled on MBA programmes at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. Findings: The main findings are that two inter-related factors appear to determine perceptions of the effectiveness of mediated online learning environments in developing leadership skills, namely whether students are registered on a face-to-face or an online mode and their self-reported general perceptions of online learning. From the research findings, few other variables appeared to have a statistically significant effect on perceptions. Research limitations/implications: The research is limited by having been conducted in one institution only and addresses self-reported perceptions only (i.e. the authors have made no attempt to objectively measure actual changes in managers' skills). Originality/value: The area of interest is fraught both by the contested nature of the conceptual landscape and by the lack of robust previously published empirical data. The findings of the research contradict several previously published sources that had suggested that many variables would have a statistically significant effect on perceptions. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Glasgow)