Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science


Political Science, Public Administration.




All developing countries struggle to build administrative structures and institutions that have the capacity to facilitate national development. Countries in the Caribbean have learned from each other's experiences. These countries, including Belize, share a similar colonial history, similar social and economic development patterns and have adopted the same type of government and public administration. It was for this reason that this research examined the framework of management training in four Caribbean islands: Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. As a concept, training is seen as an intervention strategy to facilitate the induction, acceptance and implementation of government policies. Specifically, training is a planned, continuous effort to improve employee competency levels and ultimately to increase organizational productivity. The targeted areas of efficiency include upgrading of knowledge, skills and attitudes of public officials, especially those at the middle management levels. Research and experience in developing countries have shown that the acquisition of certain competencies provides new stimulus to the performance of managers. If training efforts are to be successful, they must employ a well-planned systematic approach of altering the attitudes and behaviour of managers. The Government of Belize has recognized the performance deficiency of officers at the middle management level. Top level administrators are in the process of identifying new ways of improving the training system to address this problem. The model proposed for middle management training in this thesis identifies competencies required of middle managers and suggests programs which will provide the targeted skills. Process evaluation is recommended to determine the value of the training programs. A new thrust in the proposed system is the involvement and commitment of supervising managers to the entire training process. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .C427. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0596. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.