PRE-APPOINTMENT TRAINING FOR TOP LEVEL MANAGERS

THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMPLOYEES ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT TO SERVICE POSITIONS AS UPPER MIDDLE OR LOWER TOP MANAGEMENT IN THE CALIFORNIA DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS IS DISCUSSED. THE STUDY CONCLUDES THAT FORMAL TRAINING IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT IS DESIRABLE FOR THE OBJECTIVE OF CHANGING THE ORIENTATION OF THE APPOINTEE. FOR PERSONS ABOUT TO BE APPOINTED AS UPPER MIDDLE MANAGERS, IT WAS FOUND THAT WHAT WAS NEEDED WAS A FOCUS AWAY FROM ROLES THAT HAD BEEN PREDOMINATELY AS SUPERVISORS AND AS TECHNICAL EXPERTS, TO ROLES WHICH ENCOMPASSED MANAGEMENT PLANNING, CONTROL, RESOURCE UTILIZATION AND PROGRAM EVALUATION. FOR PERSONS ABOUT TO BE APPOINTED AS LOWER TOP MANAGEMENT, WHAT WAS NEEDED WAS A BROADENING FROM SHORT-RANGE TO LONG-RANGE GOALS AND FROM FUNCTIONAL AREA TO ORGANIZATION-WIDE CONCERNS. ABOVE ALL, COMPLACENCIES NEEDED DISPELLING AND REALIZATION ACHIEVED THAT ORGANIZATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS COULD AND SHOULD BE MADE. FINDINGS WERE PRIMARILY THROUGH INTERVIEWS WITH PERSONS NOW AT THESE LEVELS AND THEIR SUPERVISORS. INTERVIEWS FOCUSED ON PROBLEMS, NOT ON WHAT TRAINING WAS NEEDED. THE PAPER PROPOSES THAT SHORT SMALL-GROUP WORKSHOPS, IF PROPERLY DESIGNED, CAN MEET THE EXPRESSED OBJECTIVE. PROPER DESIGN FOCUSES ON USING ACTUAL PROBLEMS IN THE TRAINING. AT UPPER MIDDLE MANAGEMENT LEVELS THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH SIMULATION OF THE PROBLEMS WITHIN TRAINING GROUPS, AND CAREFUL EVALUATION AND FEED BACK OF THE RESULTS TO THE PERSONS BEING TRAINED. AT LOWER TOP MANAGEMENT LEVELS, IT WAS THROUGH ASSIGNING THE TRAINEES IN SMALL GROUPS TO ANALYZE AND REPORT ON ASSIGNED PROBLEMS WHICH WERE OF CURRENT PARAMOUNT INTEREST TO THE ORGANIZATION, AND TO USE THE RESULTS TO ACTUALLY INFLUENCE THE COURSE OF ACTION TAKEN BY THE ORGANIZATION. THESE METHODS HAVE PROVEN EFFECTIVE WITH THREE UPPER MIDDLE MANAGEMENT GROUPS AND TWO LOWER TOP MANAGEMENT GROUPS. THE DIVISION INTENDS TO CONTINUE AND EXPAND THIS PROGRAM. /ARTHUR/

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    • Paper sponsored by Department of Econimics, Finance and Administration; Department of Urban Transportation Planning; and Department of Maintenance and presented at the 48th Annual Meeting.
  • Authors:
    • Soderberg, R T
  • Publication Date: 1969

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 1-8
  • Monograph Title: Manpower planning and personnel training
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  • Accession Number: 00200725
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 22 1994 12:00AM