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Development management as reflective practice

  • Dina Abbott

    (Geographical Sciences, Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, University of Derby, Derby, UK)

  • Suzanne Brown

    (Development Policy and Practice, Faculty of Technology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

  • Gordon Wilson

    (Development Policy and Practice, Faculty of Technology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK)

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    This paper examines development management through the reflections of development managers themselves. They are seen to grapple with the global and local contexts that frame their actions; with operationalising their individual values and ethics about development; and with issues concerning inter-personal and inter-organisational relationships. The paper argues that such reflections potentially form the basis of transformations in learning and development practice. However, for this to happen development managers have to embed their reflections within their work, and conceptualise their relations with other stakeholders beyond operational management challenges towards joint learning opportunities. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 187-203

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    1. Cooke, Bill, 2001. "From Colonial Administration to Development Management," General Discussion Papers 30562, University of Manchester, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM).
    2. Alan Thomas, 1996. "What is development management?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 8(1), pages 95-110.
    3. Qizilbash, M., 1995. "Ethical development," Discussion Paper Series In Economics And Econometrics 9512, Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton.
    4. Alan Thomas, 2000. "Development as practice in a liberal capitalist world," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 12(6), pages 773-787.
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