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 Management competence 

 An organisational view 

Many large and successful companies have adopted a 'competence' approach in an attempt to improve their effectiveness. The focus is always on individuals (often managers) and their jobs. This may raise the level of managerial professionalism. But is this enough? Even ardent advocates of the methodology recognise that the sum of individual competence will not deliver organisational competence. Something is missing.

Individual competence needs designing, embedding and managing in its organisational context. What individuals can do needs to be converted into what they choose to do, supported by what the organisation allows them to do. This requires understanding and managing the organisation's dynamics as it relates to competency methodology. For advice on how to go about this, click here.


 Further references

William Tate, 1997: Developing an Integrative Framework for Corporate Competence, paper to the seventh conference of The Centre for Labour Market Studies, Competence Network, University of Leicester

William Tate, 1996: 'Refocusing competence on the organisation', Competency 3 (3)

William Tate, 1995: Developing Corporate Competence: A High-Performance Agenda for Managing Organizations, Gower [nominated for the Management Consultancies Association 'Management Book of the Year' award]

William Tate, 1995: Developing Managerial Competence: A Critical Guide to Methods and Materials, Gower.