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ERIC Number: EJ1414866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1476-7333
EISSN: EISSN-1476-7341
Facilitating Action Learning & Virtual Action Learning for Leadership Development: Experiences and Insights from a UK Masters Programme
Jean-Anne Stewart
Action Learning: Research and Practice, v21 n1 p43-62 2024
Action learning is one of the most effective leadership development interventions [Day, Fleenor, Atwater, Sturm, and McKee. 2014. "Advances in Leader and Leadership Development: A Review of 25 Years of Research and Theory." The Leadership Quarterly 25 (1): 63-82; Pauleen. 2003. "Leadership in a Global Virtual Team: An Action Learning Approach." Leadership & Organization Development Journal 2003; Stewart. 2010. "Action Learning and Virtual Action Learning for Leadership Development." Developing Leaders (1)], yet Virtual Action learning (VAL) has always struggled to be seen as a viable alternative, with both facilitators and participants often preferring face-to-face set meetings, and dismissing the technological options [Dickenson, Burgoyne, and Pedler. 2010. "Virtual Action Learning: Practices and Challenges." Action Learning Journal: Research & Practice 7 (1): 59-72; Stewart. 2009. "Evaluation of an Action Learning Programme for Leadership Development of SME Leaders in the UK." Action Learning: Research and Practice 6 (2): 131-148]. However, the onset of the COVID pandemic saw the rapid implementation of this remote technology-enabled approach, where VAL became the only option for action learning due to the restrictions on face-to-face working and travel limitations. This paper shares insights on the differences facilitating action learning and virtual action learning from a research project, based around a two-year Masters in Leadership programme in a UK business school, now delivered to over 300 experienced senior leaders, predominantly working in the UK NHS and a major UK retailer.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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