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How strategic focus relates to the delivery of leadership training and development

Clarke, Nicholas; Higgs, Malcolm

Authors

Nicholas Clarke



Abstract

Despite progress in the development of leadership development models over recent years, these models fail to account for the differentiation in leadership training and development (LTD) practices found between organizations. We conducted an exploratory, multiple case study of formal leadership training and development in 10 organizations, in different business sectors in the United Kingdom. We show that the strategic focus of LTD was shaped by the business goals pursued by these 10 organizations. We also found the strategic focus of LTD to be a broad contingency factor differentiated by level of impact, which then influenced the pattern of LTD delivery. The findings offer support for a contingency perspective in explaining how leadership training and development is configured in differing organizational contexts.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-07
Journal Human Resource Management
Print ISSN 0090-4848
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 4
Pages 541-565
APA6 Citation Clarke, N., & Higgs, M. (2016). How strategic focus relates to the delivery of leadership training and development. Human Resource Management, 55(4), 541-565. https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21683
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/hrm.21683
Publisher URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hrm.21683