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Management Learning Groups: Continuous Quality Improvement for Managers

Summary: The author's experience of developing a management learning group for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center may provide a learning opportunity for organizations seeking to maximize the value of manager training. As an alternative to an expensive and narrow approach to manager training, the institution started a program of peer mentoring and monthly facilitated sessions for managers. The goals included information sharing and networking, support regarding problems and concerns, functional teams, and better understanding of the organizational culture and management resources. Over time, meetings became less structured and more interactive. While the first group continued, a second group was formed. The author provides tips on forming and evaluating management learning groups.

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  • Topics: Teams
  • Keywords: Management skills,Employee education & training,Management teams,Organizational learning,Organizational culture
  • Author: Wallach, Ellen J.
  • Journal: Journal for Quality and Participation