High impact training : achieving synergies between program management education and workplace practice

Hatcher, Caroline A. & O'Connor, Bob (2009) High impact training : achieving synergies between program management education and workplace practice. In Proceedings of BT Conference : Educating Programme Managers for the 21st Century, Univeristy of Oxford (Online), University of Oxford, England.

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This paper addresses the challenges of transfer of training back to the workplace for programme and project managers who are being groomed for the leadership of large and complex projects. The paper draws on the experience of the development and delivery of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) education programs: an Executive Masters of Complex Project Management and a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events for an Australian government agency, Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO). Drawing on notions of ‘far transfer’ (Laker 1990; Noe, 1986) and ‘transfer climate’ (Kozlowski & Salas, 1993; Yamnill & McLean, 2001), the paper describes the steps undertaken to achieve a design that ensures that programme and project leadership skills developed through these corporate education programs become successfully embedded back in the organisation. Further, the paper reports on a small qualitative study where the programme success was evaluated by the organisational sponsor, senior leaders and program participants. Nine interviews were conducted and analysed to identify the success of far transfer and transfer climate four months after the return of program participants from cohort 1 2008 to the workplace.

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ID Code: 30993
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The contents of that proceedings can be freely accessed via the publisher's website (see Official URL)
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Keywords: Training, Program Management, Workplace Practice, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2010 22:57
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:59

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