Designing Leadership Development Programs for High Impact in Emerging Economies: The Case of Spanish Multinationals in Latin America

54 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2017

Date Written: November 2, 2017

Abstract

Traditional learning methods for executive education, based primarily on lectures and case studies, are no longer capable of providing the type of management development training companies need to compete effectively in volatile, uncertain and complex business environments. Providers of Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) need to ensure that the knowledge transmitted, and the competencies developed within programs align with organizations´ purpose, strategies, and cultures. This paper aims to link the key elements of LDPs and their impact for the participants and their organizations, by identifying the relation between the LDPs elements with key learning, behavior and performance indicators. Thus, the authors propose a new conceptual model that link the program with the intrinsic impact (participants’ attitudes, behavior and knowledge) and the extrinsic impact (organizational indicators of promotion, retention, and roles changes after the program) and analyze the hypothesis of this model by conducting quantitative research based on data collected from Spanish Multinational Corporations with activities in Latin America.

The results of our research can contribute with significant insight to LDPs design, development and evaluation that can provide tangible measures of their impact in organizational indicators. These finding can be valuables for all Human Resources and Talent Development areas as a measure of their strategic role, and especially in Latin America, where the human resources and talent development areas are not yet viewed as strategic partners for top executives of companies.

Keywords: Leadership Development Programs; Executive Education; Adult Learning; Emerging Economies; Impact of Training; Latin America

Suggested Citation

Ilie, Camelia and Cardoza, Guillermo and Beechler, Schon and Hugas, Jaume, Designing Leadership Development Programs for High Impact in Emerging Economies: The Case of Spanish Multinationals in Latin America (November 2, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3064353 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3064353

Camelia Ilie (Contact Author)

INCAE Business School ( email )

Km2 Oeste del Vivero Procesa 1
La Garita
Alajuela, Alajuela 20113
Costa Rica

Guillermo Cardoza

INCAE ( email )

Alajuela
Costa Rica

Schon Beechler

INSEAD ( email )

Campus de Alajuela
Apartado 960-4050
Alajuela
Costa Rica

Jaume Hugas

ESADE ( email )

Av. de Pedralbes, 60-62
Barcelona, 08034
Spain

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