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    The "hetero-ethical" management development rationale

    Cullen, John G. and Turnbull, Sharon (2012) The "hetero-ethical" management development rationale. Journal of Management Development, 31 (6). pp. 584-593. ISSN 0262-1711

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    Purpose – Lees’s “ten faces” description of organizational rationales for investing in management development reflected a personal assessment which was not grounded in empirical data. Although frequently discussed and cited since, no critique of the model, or discussion of the ethics of organizational investment in management development, has been offered. The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of the rationale of a management development programme, particularly on programme participants. Design/methodology/approach – An ethnographic approach was utilized in the collection of data on reactions to the rationale for deploying a spiritual management development initiative in a large Irish services organization. Findings – The research conducted on the programme found the programme’s rationale to be “heteroethical” in that it suggested multiple possible outcomes for participants which they were encouraged to identify and pursue on an individual level. Research limitations/implications – The implications of this for participants and organizations are considered. Originality/value – The concept of the hetero-ethical rationale for management development, and its implications, are discussed and potential avenues for further research are identified. This concept differs from previous ones in that it considers how rationales for management are received and appreciated by participants.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Ireland; Services industry; Management development; Workplace; Ethics; Rationales; Hetero-ethicality; Workplace spirituality; Spiritual management development;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 11244
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    Depositing User: Dr. John G. Cullen
    Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 13:38
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management Development
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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