"Management" is a term traditionally related to managerial roles in business organisations. Yet the ever-increasing performance expectations of employers have expanded the scope of management to include staff members both with and without direct subordinates. In other words, management responsibilities are no longer confined to those holding management positions. There are increasing numbers of subject experts who need to manage people not directly reporting to them. For example, project managers co-ordinate and manage not only projects but also people from different departments and of different ranks who work in the project team. There are now subject experts in areas such as environmental management, quality management, risk management, financial management, etc, in both private and public organisations. In fact, people working in public organisations and NGOs are even more in need of management skills because of the growing complexity of the political and economic environments.
Nowadays, we are talking increasingly more about "management attitudes". People who dare to make decisions, who dare to delegate and who dare to be held accountable for results are much more likely to succeed. Of course, decision making, delegation and accountability are all management abilities. Yet they are even more relevant to the attitudes that staff members adopt to perform their daily tasks, whether they are in the management positions or not.
In response to the changing definitions of management skills and the rising demand for management attitudes in the work environment, we established the Management Academy to serve not only managers as traditionally defined but, more importantly, everyone in the working population including you and many other professionals. With this in mind, the Academy offers a diversity of programmes including those in areas such as business and marketing, accounting and finance, neuro-linguistic programming, blue ocean strategy, crisis management and even the social sciences. We do not intend to provide a one-off cure for all management issues. More strategically, we aim to provide a one-stop service through which our students can acquire full sets of knowledge and enhance their work-related and management competencies with only clicks at our website or flips over our prospectus.
Looking forward, the Academy will be committed to the dual pillars of providing quality-assured learning opportunities to the public and organising and supporting management-related conferences/research to benefit scholars and market practitioners worldwide. Our success depends very much on support from the involvement of the public, academics, industry and...YOU.