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Management Development Perspectives

management development perspectives at boston college: an overview


Since 2005, Management Development Perspectives (MDP) program has been providing managers and administrators with a broad understanding of University goals, challenges, and vision. Senior university leadership, in formal presentations and dialog, enable participants to gain insight into current organizational and future institutional endeavors.

Goals and Objectives

Through the lens of the Boston College’s Jesuit tradition, educational ideals, and university strategic mission, participants have the opportunity to:

  • expand their views of the University organization and functions
  • increase their leadership capabilities necessary for the future
  • examine the key elements of the management process
  • explore the questions and problems relating to challenges facing the University

This learning model

  • recognizes the importance to develop both professionally and personally
  • creates opportunities for networking across campus
  • provides a forum for open communication between senior and middle management

Structure and Content

MDP takes place over an academic year from mid-September to end of April. The program begins with an orientation and a two-day retreat that focuses on the University’s origins, traditions, goals, history, governance, and executive functions. Subsequent half-day sessions consist of topics germane to University organizational divisions. Areas have included Mission and Ministry, Academic Administration, Financial Management and Operations, Human Resources, Student Life, Admission, Advancement, and Information Technology.

Selection Process

Participants are selected through a nomination process. In early summer, a letter is sent to the vice presidents and deans to identify potential candidates from among the mid- to senior-level managers in their areas. Every effort is made to ensure a heterogeneous cohort. Final selections are made in July and participants are notified shortly thereafter. A commitment to attend all sessions is expected.

Post MDP

Learning opportunities continue for over the 225 ‘graduates’ to date. Programs and events are offered exclusively for MDP alums. Some examples include book discussions, leadership skills workshops, and special networking events.

For more information, contact Bernie O’Kane, Director, Employee Development