MDPW Archive

The Management Development Program for Women (MDPW), is a past program that was designed for highly motivated women who wished to develop management skills they could use immediately in a practical work environment. It had been offered since 1992 by the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work (CREWW), Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.

The Management Development Program for Women was designed for working women who would benefit from formal management training. Courses included Business Strategy, Marketing, Management & Organizational Behaviour, Communications, Accounting, Human Resources Management, Business Writing, and more.

The program’s integrated courses concentrated on:

  • the development of a broad understanding of the principles and functions of management
  • the improvement of management skills through self-assessment, practice and feedback


The objective of the Management Development Program for Women had been to provide management education, which combined theory with practice and reflected the actual world of management. The target audience was working women who were managers or were about to become managers.

The program was designed to facilitate the transfer of learning from the classroom to the workplace. Workplace based assignments required participants to integrate new theories and skills with data and experience drawn from the participant’s own work setting.

Participants must have been sponsored for admission to the program. Sponsors were encouraged to become partners in the learning process.

See what Catherine Scovil, Director of Government Relations of The Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA) had to say about the MDPW:

For the participants, the MDPW:

  • provided the basis for a better understanding of the management process and of the interrelationships between the major management functions in their organization;
  • provided opportunities to further develop specific management skills;
  • provided a foundation for career development and further self-growth;
  • offered a network of interaction and communication with women who share similar career goals; and
  • offered an opportunity to address some of the issues that women face as managers.

For the employer, the MDPW:

  • provided a structured and integrated program for preparing and developing women for management positions;
  • increased organizational awareness of current management theories and practices;
  • built skills which allow for managing change while controlling costs;
  • facilitated the transfer of learning from the classroom to the workplace;
  • provided immediate payback on training investments through the use of workplace based assignments; and
  • provided an opportunity for renewal of the employee.