This month I want to highlight the pioneering work GBSN has been doing in
Nigeria. As we reported in the September Newsletter, the Federal Government
ran a 6-month management training program for primary health care delivery
officers from around the country. GBSN’s job is to assess the impact of the
program, a very difficult task, given the many factors that influence outputs
Nora Brown, our COO, worked with faculty from GBSN member schools Fuqua
(Duke University) and Haas (University of California, Berkeley), and they have
come up with provisional results, which show that the course enhanced the
participants’ management capabilities. In a similar vein, Management Sciences
for Health (www.msh.org) conducted a survey of Kenyan districts, which shows
that those whose health managers had taken a leadership course outperformed
others. Both surveys are very encouraging.
As more such studies are undertaken around the developing world, it will
become clearer how management training can save lives.
Guy Pfeffermann is the CEO and founder of the Global Business School Network.