Improve Workplace Skills With Updated Manager’s Good Study Guide

February 17, 2004

It is edited by Sheila Tyler, a lecturer in management development at the Open University Business School. She has drawn together a team of contributors from the School and the wider university.

This new version will help managers and students to work more effectively by:

     developing their skills in constructing logical and persuasive arguments, in writing fluent and forceful reports, and in researching and using information;
     encouraging best practice in working with others face-to-face and in computer-mediated environments;
     extending their skills in reading with concentration and understanding, in developing a flexible note-taking strategy, and in preparing and using graphs and diagrams effectively.

Sheila Tyler said the title would be a valuable addition to any manager’s toolkit. “Developing your learning skills is one of the best investments you can make. Those skills will serve you well throughout your management career as you strive to keep abreast of a rapidly-changing world: we are all required to be lifelong learners now,” she added “Working managers are expected to learn and to apply their learning simultaneously as they draw on experience and acquire further knowledge through feedback from practice. To facilitate this, the book also contains a compendium of key management ideas.”

They take in themes in strategy development, marketing, finance, leadership, managing people and monitoring and evaluation.

“Our intention is that the guide should not necessarily be read from cover to cover,” added Sheila Tyler. “Rather, it is a handy reference manual for those who are interested in learning to be better managers, whether through a formal programme of study or informally. For this reason, the emphasis of the book is on management learning and developing transferable skills rather than simply studying.”

The book forms part of the course material for students of the Open University Business School’s Professional Certificate in Management programme. It is also part of the Open University’s Good Study Guide series, which includes titles for students of arts and science.

The Manager’s Good Study Guide, edited by Sheila Tyler, is published by the Open University (ISBN 0 7492 6766 6) and is priced at £14.99. It is available from or from bookshops. Review copies for journalists: Journalists who would like to request a review copy are asked to contact Neil Coaten in the media relations team at the Open University on 01908 652580 or at

The Open University Business School (OUBS) is Europe’s leading business school and the major provider of management development programmes delivered by supported distance learning. It is one of an elite group of UK and European business schools to hold both the prestigious EQUIS quality kitemark, awarded by the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd), and AMBA (the Association of MBAs) accreditation for its MBA. The School is ranked fourth in the world for distance learning MBA programmes, according to rankings published by the Financial Times (March 2003). Currently the OUBS has 30,000 students based in the UK and more than 40 countries. Since its inception in 1983, more than 150,000 managers have studied an OUBS course at Certificate, Diploma or MBA level. The School’s website is at:

Neil Coaten
Open University Media Relations
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