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Developing Project managers Through Outdoor Based Management Development Courses

Browne, Mike (2000) Developing Project managers Through Outdoor Based Management Development Courses. Project Management, 6 (1). pp. 27-33. [Journal article]

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The last two decades have seen a rapid increase in the use of outdoor based education and training programmes for developing managers. Since 1989, the Masters’ Programme in Construction and Project Management, at the University of Ulster, has incorporated an outdoor management development residential course as a methodology for developing construction project managers that is complementary to the academic content of the curriculum. Outdoor Management Development courses with projects/tasks involving physical activities, set in the outdoors, present delegates with a challenging variety of managerial situations which cannot, easily, be replicated in a lecture theatre. Those involved, soon realise that they are learning effectively and efficiently from their own direct experiences and that outdoor projects, if designed properly, demand qualities of leadership, teamwork and managerial competence. When combined with enhanced review and discussion they are seen as a powerful managerial development medium out of which the individual and the employer may gain significant benefits. This paper attempts to describe this experience by examining the theoretical base behind the concept of outdoor management development, relating it to the learning process, discussing assessment and feedback issues and evaluating its success.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Project Management Development, Outdoor Management Development Courses
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:12812
Deposited By: Mr Mike Browne
Deposited On:29 Mar 2010 08:20
Last Modified:09 May 2016 11:00

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