Management Development Programmes

Management training and developments is a learning experience and is primarily undertaken to sharpen the management skills to further the organisational goals and to achieve the organisational objectives.

These developmental techniques will aid in assigning additional responsibilities which provide satisfaction for higher level needs of achievement, challenge and self-actualization.

Unlike the training of the worker which improves technical and mechanical skills, the management development techniques are designed for managerial behavioural modification.


It is an educational process utilising a systematic and organised procedure by which management learns the conceptual and theoretical knowledge for effective pursuance of their responsibilities.

This change in the managerial thinking is achieved through the process of planned learning and is pertinent to the crucial areas which can be considered as output variables.

These are: (i) Knowledge change, (ii) Attitude change, (iii) Behaviour change and (iv) Performance change.

The degree of success achieved in the changes- in these output variables is largely dependent upon the following inputs:


(i) The Lerner’s personal characteristics such as motivation and intelligence.

(ii) The amount of effort that the trainee puts in.

(iii) Cultural and conceptual climate within the organisation.

According to Rudra Basavaraj, some of the objectives of the management development programmes are.


(a) To develop managers to perform better on their present assignment.

(b) To prepare them for higher assignments.

(c) To provide a steady source of competent persons at all levels to meet organisational needs.

(d) To prevent obsolescence of managers.


(e) To create conditions and climate which contribute to the growth process?