Educating Managers: Developing Critical Reflective Practitioners

Ben Bennett,
Dianna Widdis,
Edward Gleeson
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Management education, particularly that provided by university business schools, has been the subject of much scepticism and criticism over recent years; both in terms of its actual impact on the effectiveness of managers and organizations, and in the light of radical perspectives, such as critical management studies, that question the fundamental foundations on which much of it is based. Specifically, critics point to the lack of attention paid to values, to ontological and epistemological issues associated with what constitutes knowledge in and of management, and to the impact of the variations in the real contexts in which management is practised. Drawing from our experience of working with managers and professionals studying part time at postgraduate level in the fields of individual and organizational development, we will attempt to show how it is possible to provide management education in such a way that these challenges can be met. We will explore how, through the use of learning sets, self-directed learning, work based action research and collaborative assessment, participants have opportunities to examine and pursue their own continuing professional development while questioning their values and approaches through critical reflective practice.

Keywords: Management Education, Critical Reflective Practice, Work Based Learning, Self-Directed Learning
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Ben Bennett

Senior Lecturer in Individual and Organizational Development, Harrow Business School, University of Westminster

Dianna Widdis

Senior Academic, Harrow Business School, University of Westminster

Edward Gleeson

Senior Lecturer, School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster

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