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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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The principles of team and project management

The principles of effective team and project management are formed over five different phases. Each phase has its own added value in the overall project management process. Take a closer look at the five phases of the reflective cycle of effective project management.

Caproni (2005) calls this the ‘team life cycle’. In fact it shows a strong resemblance to the personal learning cycle. Going through the team life cycle effectively indeed requires a learning process form unaware competency to aware competencies. However, the responsibility for this learning cycle is now in the hands of the whole group.

1. Forming

In the forming stage, there is a group, but not a team;

2. Storming 

In the storming phase issues of control are being settled through discussion and dissent - the team starts to develop;

3. Norming 

In the norming stage individual relationships and norms are being established – consolidating the team;

4. Performing 

In the performing stages the team reaches maturity and becomes self-directed or self-actualising - the group has become an effective team;

5. Adjourning

In the adjourning stage with successful teams the project has been accomplished (or the team has failed) - the team can be disbanded (the so called mourning team) or rejuvenated for a new assignment.

Each of these stages create specific challenges to the group and the individual group members. Effective teams, thus, “promote the personal growth needs and well-being of team members’ (Caproni, 2005: 343).

Skill Sheets project and team management

The eight Skill Sheets about Team and project management address real-life, practical questions and problems that you may face in your academic career. Each Skill Sheet provides you with advice and guidance on a specific area and gives you tips to improve your team and project management skills.

This table tells you which Skill Sheet to go to for a specific area.

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