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Training for Responsibility and Control

Nature volume 141, pages 11321133 (25 June 1938) | Download Citation



A REPORT on education, selection and training for positions of responsibility and control, by W. R. Dunlop, 57 Gordon Square, London, W.C.I, gives a summary of published views and methods in Great Britain with reference to executive and administrative positions in industry, commerce, agriculture, the civil services, the army, etc. Attention is directed to the confusion or disagreement as to management terminology in general, as to the main function of the educational system, the value of public school education and of social qualifications for positions of responsibility or control. On the other hand, the general agreement that, so far as management is concerned, the subject of a university degree does not greatly matter, which is emphasized by Mr. Dunlop, should be noted by scientific workers in supporting their claims for equal consideration for admission to administrative posts. Other matters on which there is general agreement are the necessity for avoiding excessive specialization in training ; the importance of linking training for management with employment ; the value of the “Case” method in specialized training ; the unreliability of selection by interview or examination and especially the unsatisfactoriness of committee interviewing.

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