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Learning on demand, at your own pace, in rapid bite-sized chunks: The future shape of management development?

Armstrong, Steven J.; Sadler-Smith, Eugene


Steven J. Armstrong

Eugene Sadler-Smith


Recent decades have witnessed an unprecedented growth In management and executive education which, paradoxically, has been accompanied by a crisis of confidence manifested in debates about its direction, relevance, and effectiveness. Outside academia, innovative corporate training enterprises increasingly provide the type of management training where learning Is distributed at the time of need, embedded In a work context, and delivered In rapid "bite-sized pieces," which aim to meet participants' needs In terms of depth of information coverage, timeliness of delivery, and job relatedness. We draw on a series of Interviews associated with one such enterprise that Is believed to be an exemplar for innovative thinking in this field to explore the possibility that innovations of this type may have something to offer other mainstream providers of management learning and education in terms of the type and style of delivery employed. © 2008 Academy of Management Learning & Education.


Armstrong, S. J., & Sadler-Smith, E. (2008). Learning on demand, at your own pace, in rapid bite-sized chunks: The future shape of management development?. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 7(4), 571-586. doi:10.5465/amle.2008.35882197

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Nov 30, 2017
Publication Date Dec 1, 2008
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Academy of Management Learning and Education
Print ISSN 1537-260X
Electronic ISSN 1944-9585
Publisher Academy of Management
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 4
Pages 571-586
Keywords Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management; Education
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