A Cooperative Inquiry to Develop Leadership Capabilities

Booth, C and Segon, M 2007, 'A Cooperative Inquiry to Develop Leadership Capabilities', International Review of Business Research Papers, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 102-124.


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Title A Cooperative Inquiry to Develop Leadership Capabilities
Author(s) Booth, C
Segon, M
Year 2007
Journal name International Review of Business Research Papers
Volume number 3
Issue number 1
Start page 102
End page 124
Total pages 23
Publisher World Business Institute
Abstract In the past ten years there has been considerable debate on the subject of leadership and management development (Finegold, 1994; Friga, Bettis and Sullivan, 2003). Two of the key debates in the management education literature have been firstly the place of Business Schools in developing leaders and managers (Cornuel, 2005; Marrington and Rowe, 2004; Grey, 2004; Pfeffer and Fong, 2003; Wankel and Fillipini, 2002; Leavitt, 2000) and secondly the continued relevance of the MBA as a pre-eminent source of management education (Mintzberg, 2004a; 2004b; Conolly, 2003; Mintzberg and Gosling, 2002; Mintzberg and Lampel, 2001). In 2001 following input from two cross industry focus groups RMIT University established a graduate certificate post-graduate award program in organisational leadership as a response to the growing questioning of practices in management development and as a response an industry identified need to develop an applied leadership practice program at post graduate level suited to experienced practicing managers. A process of co-operative inquiry (Heron, 1996; Heron and Reason, 2001) was used as both a research approach under critical theory driven action research and as an aid to participants co-researching their insights into leader-manager practice and implementing improvements into that practice. This paper explores the methodology adopted, approaches to action research undertaken and also conclusions drawn from the project, many of which now inform practices in the RMIT MBA Executive program.
Subject Human Resources Management
Keyword(s) leadership
management
organisation behaviour
ISSN 1832-9543
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