Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Paul M. Muchinsky
A review of the literature indicates that management development is, in general, a poorly understood process. However, both development through on-the-job experiences and development of female managers were areas in which research was particularly lacking. The focus of this research, therefore, was management development that occurs through on-the-job experiences, work relationships and management practices. Specifically, the purposes of this study were to (1) determine which on-the-job experiences, work relationships and management practices contribute to management development and (2) to determine if gender differences exist in the experiences that contribute to management development;Questionnaire data from 322 female and 332 male managers in a large multinational organization were analyzed using multivariate and univariate Statistics and Probability; The results summarized a number of key relationships, experiences, and management practices that managers' perceived as enhancing development as well as factors perceived as hindering development. No strong evidence for the existence of gender differences in the experiences contributing to management development was found. Implications of the findings for systematic management development, the progress of women managers, and future research directions were discussed.
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Veronica Jean Schmidt
Schmidt, Veronica Jean, "An analysis of gender differences in experiences contributing to management development " (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 9725.