Developing Managers in the Workplace: Emerging networks and agency confronted by compliance
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
School of Management
Management development in Australia has been repositioned by the increase in frontline management programmes that have now involved 100 000 managers as participants and mentors. This paper discusses research into frontline management development in the Western Australian minerals and energy industry and indicates outcomes for managers, organisations, and business. The paper addresses the paradox of constructing learner driven programmes within an atmosphere of regulatory imperatives and illuminates how managers can extend their managing selves within a system that mandates the achievement of defined management qualifications. The research supports emerging theory that the complexity of workplace learning generates new patterns, relations and spaces of learning, scaffolded by new network learning partnerships, where the brokerage role of external agencies is a critical component.