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The Book

Skill Sheets is a practical resource for understanding and developing core skills that all university students need to obtain. In a very concise manner, this book shows how these skills are related and how one can develop and work with many skills simultaneously. With these skills to hand, students are able to maintain a better focus on the content of their course. Developed and at RSM Erasmus University, it has been thoroughly tested over many years by both students and professors, and improved accordingly.


Rob van Tulder, Professor of International Business-Society Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam/Rotterdam School of Management. He holds a PhD degree (cum laude) in social sciences from the University of Amsterdam. Published in particular on the following topics: European Business, Multinationals, high-tech industries, Corporate Social Responsibility, the global car industry, issues of standardisation, network strategies, smaller industrial countries (welfare states) and European Community/Union policies.

How to purchase

The book – Skill Sheets – An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management - (2018, ISBN 9789043033503) can be ordered directly online by clicking one of the following links depending your country of origin:

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Teacher support

Skill Solutions wants to make teaching skills with the skill sheets as easy as possible. Here you can find a template for your skills presentations, all graphics and tables from the book as downloadable jpgs to be used in your skills materials and an overview of common skills-related irritators and how the Skill Sheets can help.

Teaching manual

Linking the Skill Sheets to 21st century Skills

This short manual is intended to help teachers at institutes of higher education to effectively use the full potential of the Skill Sheets formula when dealing with the 21st Century Skill Challenge. Recently, three different frames have been introduced by different organisations: (1) The World Economic Forum introduced a Top 10 2020 Skill Orientation, (2) the Dutch ministry of education applied foundational skills and development lines, (3) the European Commission defined five categories for a new skill agenda for Europe. There is considerable overlap between each of these classifications, but also differences. The Skill Sheets in principle cover all relevant dimensions of skill formation and training, as introduced by these organizations.

Common irritators and how the Skill Sheets can help

The Skill Sheets collection has been designed as a practical tool to help students to work through the ‘skill circle’ and linking the various skills at ever higher levels of mastery and sophistication. Feedback from teachers and students taught us that there are frequently recurring and common problems that often can be easily addressed using the Skill Sheets.

 Top-10 common irritators for teachers                      Relevant Skil Sheets (.com) material 

1  Poor preparation of lectures/work groups                   B1/B5/B7-9/B11

2  Minimal effort only                                                       A2-3/B1/B3/B11/B14/The Challenges

3  Overdemanding on teacher/staff                                D8/G9/B5/B15/The Challenges

4  Assignments often late or JIT                                     A7/A13/B10-14

5  (non-intentional) plagiarism                                        E2/E11-12/E14-15

6  Poor argumentation                                                    E6/C6-8/E3-5/E16/E1/E7

7  Free-riding behaviour                                                 G1/G2/G4/G7/G9/G11-13

8  Lack of research orientation                                       B3-B5-6/A3

9  Poorly managed thesis projects / Thesis SLA            A7/B15

10  Poor presentations                                                   B1/E6/Series F/ (re)presentation

Teaching Program

Skill Solutions has created a teaching program that can further support developing your own skills course. Use it and inspire yourself with these examples of how your Bachelor 1 program could look like. Good luck!

'An Integrated Approach to Research, Study and Management'