The Leadership Foundations' Top Management Programme has been running for 15 years and counts over 770 of the sectors leaders as part of its alumni. 'Leadership Journeys: Tracking the challenge and impact of the Top Management Programme' (TMP) marks the first longitudinal study of the Leadership Foundation's flagship programme.
The study will be led by a team at Ulster University Business School and will take place over four years. The team will study the outcomes/impacts of TMP as well as getting an insight into the factors which influence career choice, progression and promotion over time among this group of very senior leaders in higher education.
The research will take the form of a robust, mixed method study that includes both retrospective and longitudinal elements including comparison with other senior leaders who have not undertaken TMP.
Update from Ulster University Business School, January 2017
Retrospective Study of Top Management Programme Alumni
Since September 2016 the research team have been busy collecting data for the retrospective phase of the study, by way of one-to-one one-hour interviews with a random stratified sample of all contactable Top Management Programme (TMP) Alumni. As of the end of January we have completed 40 interviews with TMP alumni, and have another 12 arranged, which means we are on target to conclude this phase of the data collection on schedule.
The second major element of the retrospective phase of the study is the alumni questionnaire, which will be sent to all TMP Alumni on Monday 6 February 2017. The closing date for the survey is Friday 3 March 2017, 17.00 (GMT).
Using the in-depth information from the interviews along with the broader data regarding the TMP experience, we will be able to analyse and draw conclusions on the challenge and impact of the programme.
Vice-Chancellors and Top Management Programme Sponsors
In February the team will be contacting Vice-Chancellors, to explore what motivates these key decision makers in Higher Education institutions to sponsor their senior management colleagues to participate in such development programmes as the TMP.
Top Management Programme 5-Year, Longitudinal Study
The team have started to collect data from the cohort of participants who commenced the programme in October 2016 (TMP 39). 76% of this cohort have agreed to take part in this study with the initial survey completed. We are currently preparing to interview a sample of this cohort and are getting ready to launch the next wave of data collection with TMP 40 in spring 2017.
Get involved with Study
If you would like to add your name to the list to be contacted to take part in the study, please email Will Wade, Research Manager and Policy Analyst.
Further information on the research team, research objectives, data collection, research ethics, advisory group and findings will be reported on this page shortly.