Research Reports


The Management Standards Centre work with a number of organisations on research projects relating to Management and Leadership. A limited number of final reports are available to be downloaded below.

The Value of Management Qualifications

Drawing on a review of the existing literature and a major survey of 2,229 Institute members, the research examines the value of a number of particular types of qualifications across a range of dimensions.

The survey found that a clear majority of employers agreed that productivity gains, staff attraction rates and professional reputation are improved by all types of management qualifications, with the MBA and Diploma scoring particularly highly. Eighty-one per cent disagreed that offering qualifications causes high turnover among qualified staff.

The report seeks to identify some of the barriers to gaining qualifications and offers recommendations to improve their value, by ensuring greater portability and enhancing the transfer of learning to the workplace.

A PDF of the report can be downloaded at the right of this page. Hard copies are also available on request - please email

Value of Management Qualifications Report


European Manager
The Management Standards Centre participated in a project set up by the European Management Association (EMA) to investigate whether there is such a concept as a “European Manager”, and to obtain a better understanding of cultural differences. Data was collected in five European countries; Germany, Lithuania, Malta, Spain and the UK.

The research revealed considerable variation between the countries with regard to values that managers consider to be most important in their personal life. However, there was much greater common ground in the professional lives of managers from all five countries. In particular, professional capacity (e.g. competence, efficiency) was selected as the most important value for managers in all the countries, with other values such as honesty and responsibility also emphasised. 
Both the executive summary and the full report can be downloaded free of charge from the right of this page.


An Economic Impact Assessment of the CCPMO

A new report by London Economics, commissioned by the Consultative Committee of Professional Management Organisations (CCPMO), assesses the economic impact of professional bodies. The findings suggest membership of a professional body and professional qualifications adds up to £152,000 to career earnings. The research also shows the returns to the UK economy as a whole from professional membership and qualifications. The Executive Summary can be found here.