Workers into Managers - Developing Leadership Competence of Production Unit Managers

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Thomas Zwick

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics; Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA)

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This study analyses the competence gaps of lower-level managers in a typical manufacturing plant in Germany that had recently introduced a teamwork structure. Results indicate that the managers have difficulties with their new leadership-related tasks. Higher levels of leadership competence are found to be associated with better acceptance as a manager by superiors, but not by subordinates, better interaction with both subordinates and superiors, and with higher job satisfaction. Finally, a quasi-experiment shows that a combination of workshops and individual coaching had measurable effects on leadership competencies and partly improved identification with the managerial role. In terms of methodology, a new format of self-assessments is suggested for a more valid measurement of competencies.

Keywords: Leadership skills, first line managers, training, experiment

JEL Classification: C93, J24, M12

Suggested Citation

Zwick, Thomas, Workers into Managers - Developing Leadership Competence of Production Unit Managers (2005). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 05-013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=666763 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.666763

Thomas Zwick (Contact Author)

University of Würzburg - Business Administration & Economics ( email )

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Wuerzburg, D-97070
Germany

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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Germany

Maastricht University - Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) ( email )

P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, MD6200
Netherlands

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