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 / First Quarter 2002 / Issue 26(originally published by Booz & Company)


Reality Programming for MBAs

From Learners to Teachers
Organizations generally send their people to management development programs with the expectation of getting back better managers. This does not go far enough. Management education that truly melds management development with management education must change not just individuals, but the sponsoring organizations themselves by virtue of what takes place in the program. The concerted effort (on both the faculty and the company side) to transfer the learning from the participants to their companies strongly distinguishes the IMPM from traditional executive development programs.

An even more powerful, though more subtle, benefit is how the learners from the IMPM program become teachers when they return to their place of work. Since all managers have to be teachers, this is perhaps the logical and ultimate extension of management education.

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Henry Mintzberg, [email protected]
Henry Mintzberg is the John Cleghorn Professor of Management Studies at McGill University and a distinguished author of 10 management books. He has contributed to Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Review, and other major management journals.

Jonathan R. Gosling, [email protected]
Jonathan R. Gosling is director of the Strategic Leaders Unit, which was established at the U.K.’s Lancaster University Management School to develop and showcase innovative approaches to leadership development. He is currently chair of the IMPM.
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