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Title: To explore how high potential Chinese managers who are acquainted with each other practise critical reflective working behaviours through an in-house action learning programme
Author: Wong, Po Wah
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2010
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There are varieties in the format an action learning. (AL) program is organized and their learning objectives were quite murky. However, according to Reg Revans, AL should be able to help the participants to learn critical self reflection which is also an important capability for a manager to lead change in their own organization. The researcher had the opportunity of organizing two AL programs for high potential management staff of two manufacturing companies in China. In order to achieve AL’s learning objective, these two programs were designed around the 5 key ingredients of AL discovered from the literature review. These 5 key ingredients were – emerging programmed knowledge; real problem; participants implement their own proposed actions; questioning insight with each other; and take improved action. As the target participants of each AL program were high potential Chinese management staff of the same company and were acquainted with each other, it was alleged that these 4 contextual factors – (1) the program arranged in-house in a (2) Chinese cultural context for (3) high potential management staff who were (4) acquainted with each other, could have an impact on the 5 key ingredients of AL. Literature mentioned little on ways these 4 contextual factors could impact on AL programs. In order to understand the way the 5 key ingredients could create impacts on the AL process, the methodology of action research (AR) was adopted. The AL program in Cycle 1 was a failure as some of the contextual factors had hindered the effective functioning of several key AL ingredients. Armed 4 with the experience, another AL program was organized. It was found that one of the team had enabled the members to practice critical self reflections but another team still failed to do that. This research seems to point out the possibility of achieving the learning objective of AL – critical self reflection when the 5 key ingredients were functioning effectively. However, the 4 contextual factors could enable the personality of the participants to become a roadblock for the effective functioning of the 5 key ingredients and rendered the AL program to become ineffective.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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