n Management Dynamics : Journal of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists - Perceptions of management : implications for tertiary education at a military institution




From an organisational perspective, tertiary education is considered an important strategy in developing young professionals to ultimately fill managerial positions. Likewise, academic education at the South African Military Academy is deemed to play an important role in the career development of young professional officers. This study examines the perceptions of young military officers regarding the current management style in the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and the type of managers and management skills required for the future. A comparison is made of the responses of three groups of junior officers, including students at the Military Academy and their peers staffed in line positions, distinguishing between those with and those without an academic qualification. A questionnaire compiled at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Management Research, EAP European School of Management, and adapted for the military, was used to collect the data. The results indicate no significant differences with regard to "power management", but the Military Academy students have a significantly less positive perception of "open management" in the SANDF. The implications of these findings for the students' careers in the military, as well as for the Military Academy itself, are discussed.


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