Evaluation of management development in public service of the North West Province
Seitshiro, Nelson Dikgang
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This study was aimed at assessing the adequacy of the management development activity and its support by top management in the public service of the North West province. The South African public service is a key instrument by which service delivery can be ensured, as a result there is a need to enhance its capacity. Management development, particularly for senior management, should be seen as the most important component of human resource development in the public service, which should be improved. Certainly there are considerable benefits to be derived from an effort by any developing country to develop its public service senior managers. Current research reveals that management development is accepted as a contributor to organisational performance. Whilst this is the case, often not all management development programmes meet the needs of the organisation. Some management development programmes fail because of lack of top management support, together with organisational conditions and practices that are supposed to contribute to their effectiveness and overall organisational effectiveness. Thus, an assessment of the adequacy of the management development activity of the public service of the North West province should often be conducted so as to improve on it and thereby contribute to the enhancement of service delivery. In terms of research design and methodology, this study was evaluative in nature. The study involved the systematic collection of information on the worth of the management development programme, which has to make value judgements concerning the worth of such a programme. The target population for this study was all senior managers in the public service of the North West province. The accessible population comprises of those senior managers who were based in Mafikeng, the capital of the province and the seat of government in which all-administrative head offices of all provincial departments are located. The research sample was drawn from senior managers within some departments that form the North West provincial administration. Structured questionnaires and unstructured interviews were used in this study as data collection instruments. Combinations of both qualitative and quantitative methods of data analysis are used. To interpret the data collected from the Management Development Audit section of the Questionnaire, a scoring and interpretation worksheet was adapted for use. Some managers were also interviewed in order to find out their opinions about management development effectiveness. The findings of the study revealed that the management development activity in the public service of the North West is inadequate and requires to be improved. The recommendations based on the findings of this study can be summarised by stating that 88% of the management development activity requires improvement.
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