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  • David Sharp
  • 3 December 2015
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Management skills rarely taken seriously in UK

Management skills are rarely taken seriously in the UK, according to a research report reported in the Economist magazine which argues that “the standard of British management is “significantly below” that in leading countries.

John van Reenen, director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics,  conducted research among 14,000 employees throughout the world, concluding that Britain’s managers are simply “not in the premiere league.”

International Workplace is an accredited centre for the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), where HR Director Suzanne McMinn is responsible for delivering its international training programmes. Commenting on the survey findings, she said:

“I’m not surprised by these findings. Talk of the ‘accidental manager’ will be familiar to many who find themselves promoted to a supervisory level because of their specialist skills rather than their management ability. Training in leadership and management provably pays dividends for those companies who invest in it, and it’s no surprise to learn that countries like America, Germany and Japan take a more rigorous approach to training in these important disciplines.”

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