Managing Management Teams - A Challenge for management education
Though it can be argued that the nature of leadership or management skills is not clearly established (Yukl 1989), nor standardized to the extent that it can be compared with professions such as law, accounting, or medicine (Whitley 1988), the belief that management can be taught seems to be alive and well in many Western countries. In this chapter, this belief is questioned, not so much because of the difficulty of defining what management is, but rather in the light of what seems to be management's present challenge. The concern is that top management will come to be more the mastery of teamwork in heterogeneous teams and less an individual hero-activity. In relation to education, the question is whether management education today prepares students for this challenge.