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Developing middle manager competencies in the Chinese university: A grounded theory study
by Leong, William C., D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2013, 253; 3577939
Abstract (Summary)

China has a critical shortage of middle managers while its population of unemployed university graduates is ever-growing. This represents a significant university-business disconnect. This emergent qualitative grounded theory research study derived by a constructivist approach an education theory to develop middle managers through developing middle manager competencies. The study sought firstly to determine the competencies that the university should develop by researching the job responsibilities of middle managers and identifying the competencies needed to perform those responsibilities. Secondly, the study looked to modifying an existing university immersive business educational program formerly taught by the researcher at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2002-2003 as a possible model for developing managers. Research on the viability and effectiveness of this model consisted of interviewing 18 former students from that program. The findings showed promise for developing competencies with a modified curriculum and teaching strategies resulting in an innovative middle manager immersive program (M2iP) for developing middle manager competencies in the China university. The implications of this study and its findings are that a national rollout of M2iP could eventually and substantially reduce the shortage of middle managers through tapping the human resource of the university population while reducing the ranks of the unemployed university graduates.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Spiker, Barry
Commitee: Knight, Matthew, Lao, Teresa
School: University of Phoenix
Department: Business Administration
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Business education, Curriculum development, Business and Secretarial Schools
Keywords: Chinese management education, Competencies development, Middle manager, Middle manager immersive program, University graduates, University-business connection
Publication Number: 3577939
ISBN: 978-1-303-66828-9
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