About the Service

ManagementDirect is an online, desktop information and learning resource to support individual managers in organisations. We have structured it so that the content is relevant to managers at all levels and at all stages in their careers.

ManagementDirect contains a very wide range of high quality content on management and leadership in a variety of formats to suit all learning styles. This content has been either produced by the CMI or licensed from 3rd parties. Content is regularly updated and enhanced.

The following sections will give you a more in depth explanation of how to navigate this site:

Freetext search

The easiest way to start using ManagementDirect is to type a word or phrase related to the management issue that is currently of most concern to you into the freetext search box. As soon as you start typing you will see a drop down box of suggested terms drawn from over 700 of the mostly frequently selected keywords that we use to catalogue our content. You can select any of these terms or continue to type any word or phrase of your choice. However, words not shown in the dropdown list will return fewer content items than those that are. If you would like to narrow your search to a particular content type then you can select from the options in the box to the right of the search box

Using the wordcloud

Alternatively you can select any of the terms seen in the wordcloud that appears on the homepage. This shows the 36 most frequently searched terms based on date collected from users over the last 12 months. The relative size of the terms indicates their relative popularity.

Once you have selected a search term via either of the above methods your results will appear in a list that is categorised into three groupings to help you understand how long it will take for you to digest the resources available:

  • 5 minute briefing
  • 20 minute briefing
  • Extended briefing


In the Competencies page you will find details of the National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership, (or for some users, details or your own organisation’s own competency framework). Each competency area has been mapped against relevant content from ManagementDirect to support your development in this area.

Content types

You can directly access the different content types in ManagementDirect from the main menu as follows:


  • Definitions - Brief explanations of key management terms
  • Models - One screen summaries of key management models
  • Thinkers - Summaries of the life and work of major thinkers in the field of management
  • Creative tools - Over 100 practical tools to promote creative thinking and problem solving


  • Self assessments* - Brief explanations of key management terms
  • Leader videos - Top quality clips of business leaders
  • e-modules - Interactive e-learning modules covering key management issues
  • Scenarios - Interactive e-learning scenarios to enable application of learning
  • Weblinks - Over 700 links to relevant websites
  • Learning Journeys* - Collections of resources on selected management topics

Best practice

  • Checklists - Over 200 practical summaries of key management topics, providing practical introductions to management skills and techniques.
  • Document templates - Templates for creating common management documents

Books and articles

  • e-books* - e-books from CMI's library collection
  • e-journals - A comprehensive database of thousands of journals, plus access to company, country and industry reports
  • Book chapters - Selected chapters from CMI publications
  • Journal articles - Selected articles from respected management journals
  • CMI research - Summaries of CMI research reports
  • Professional Manager - Articles from CMI's magazine

My Learning

This menu has 3 options:

  • Access to the Self assessment tests (also available via the Multimedia menu)*
  • CPD* – this gives access to CMI’s online CPD recording and reporting system
  • My Learning Journeys* – where journeys can be managed and created


This menu provides access to some of the other benefits of CMI membership available to registered users of ManagementDirect including:

  • Content Helpline* - Can't find the answer you need? Ask CMI's professional information researchers
  • BusinessHR* - Up to date best practice advice and downloadable templates for HR documents
  • CMI Qualifications – select a CMI Qualification to view the available supporting resources
  • CMI Book Club - take a look at our pages to find out what the Book Club has to offer
  • What’s New – new and updated content added during the month

External websites

The Institute is not responsible for the contents or reliability of any external web sites to which this site is linked, and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them. Listing should not be taken as endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all of the time, and we have no control over the availability of the linked pages.

Content accuracy

The Institute makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this site is accurate. However, we cannot accept any liability for the accuracy or content.


The Chartered Management Institute retains copyright in all of its material placed on the site.

*Please note these features are not available in all versions of ManagementDirect.

ManagementDirect version number = V2.1.14