Learning for tomorrow's leaders: A study of management education and practice for Millennials

by Luby, James S., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 180 pages; 3542628


Industry must continue to focus on the globalization of business and the preparation of those who will lead their organizations into the future. The ability to grow this generation of leaders is dependent upon an understanding of the methods necessary to engage the Millennial. Educational processes must focus on identifying future trends for training leaders by challenging current educational processes, and implementing changes in the way leaders of tomorrow are developed. Addressing this area of concern is important to industry and academia, and thus was the focus of this study. The primary reason for this study was to determine if there were differences between current learning strategies, delivery methods, and leadership preferences and those preferred by Millennials. The study was conducted across three research sites utilizing a questionnaire designed to measure differences between generational and gender preferences. The resultant data was statistically tested utilizing descriptive statistics, Analysis of Variance, and t-tests to assess differences and relationships between Millennials and managers. Each of the research questions resulted in significant differences between males and females in learning delivery methods and the use of advancing technologies. Females favored advancing technologies in the classroom while males were typically neutral to negative in these areas. In addition, when comparing Millennials and managers, Millennials overall preferred the use of advancing technologies for obtaining management education, while also professing that their professional growth is predicated on pursuing advanced management education. Conversely, managers did not favor advancing technologies in educational environments, and were neutral in terms of pursuing advanced management education as a requisite to growing at their companies.

AdviserW. Don Gottwald
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEducational leadership; Management; Business education; Educational technology
Publication Number3542628

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